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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on technology, research and practice.

Technology

Go for a Fresh Start With a Device Reboot*
Dan Pinnington

Smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers are more reliable and stable than ever before. Most of us take this for granted and we leave our devices turned on 24/7. owever, that doesn’t mean you should never “reboot” your device (i.e., turn the device right off and restart it). In fact, a regular reboot can be helpful. Many programs and apps have “memory leaks” (i.e. they grab and use memory as they operate, but then don’t release it for other programs when they are done). …

Research

Crowdsourcing Tribunal Decision Sources
Shaunna Mireau

Updated: A question and some answers came across the CALL-L listserv this week about sources for BC Utilities Commission Decisions. Like some other tribunals, the commission decisions are not available for searching on CanLII, LexisNexis Quicklaw. There is a basic index function on the Commission website, but it was not adequate for the needs of the person posting the question. Today’s Tip is thanks to the members of the CALL-L list who shared their knowledge with the crowd….

Practice

How Many of You Have an Office Manual?*
David Bilinsky & Garry Wise

Sounds basic but many solo and small firms do not have one. You need one to act as a reference for both management and employees alike. It can be your shield against discrimination, harassment and other claims. It can save time by having answers to common questions on routine employment matters and issues and employee concerns in such areas as vacation and sick-leave policies, unpaid leave, holidays, work hours and other such details. It can also contain forms (evaluation forms), descriptions (jobs, tasks and expectations) and procedures (fire, disaster, privacy etc)….

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Some of our Slaw Tips columnists are away for summer vacation. Tips marked with an asterisk (*) have been selected as “Editors Picks” in their absence.

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