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Legal recreational marijuana: how can you address the workplace risks?

Legal recreational cannabis Canada

More than half of employers are concerned about how the legalization of recreational marijuana will affect their workplaces and the risks they may face, according to new research by the Conference Board of Canada.
What about you?

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Just cause for dismissal: context is key

Determining what conduct amounts to just cause for dismissal is no easy task. In part this is due to just cause being inherently situation specific. When describing what may constitute just cause, employment lawyers often refer to extreme examples: think of situations where a public-facing employee makes repeated racial slurs to a customer or commits […]

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Canadian companies should educate their employees prior to marijuana legalization

In order to minimize the risk of employees being barred from the United States, Canadian employers should educate their workforce on the above issues prior to (or soon after) October 17, 2018.

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Q&A: Is an employer responsible if employee drives home while high after using prescribed marijuana?

What duty does the employer have with regard to an employee using medical marijuana during the workday and then driving home after work? What if an accident occurs?

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To google or not to google? Candidate background checks

In the information age it’s usually relatively easy to find out all about someone by doing a simple Google search. The burning question of online daters, “do I google my date before the date?” applies equally to employers. Can, and should, an employer background check a candidate? If so when? And how deep can and should they go?

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Permanence requirement discrimination on the basis of citizenship

Imperial Oil Limited recently found out the hard way that imposing a Canadian citizen permanence requirement as a job qualification can be a costly mistake.

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Thanksgiving Day in Canada: Monday, October 8

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October every year. This year, Thanksgiving Day is Monday, October 8.

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“It ain’t over ’til it’s over”: When does illness frustrate a contract?

When an employee is out for a long stretch due to illness, it is always best to keep in periodic but regular communication with them, both to see how they are doing and to see if they know when they may be able to return to work.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the employer pay equity monitoring program, music and productivity at work and the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s stakeholder consultations for the Safe At Work Ontario strategy.

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Countdown to Nov 1: Don’t miss MB’s due date for accessibility policies

Human resources professionals in most businesses are likely in the best position to quarterback this accessiblity policy development and training, but leaders throughout each business should collaborate in order to be able to clearly identify what barriers exist and what potential low cost/no cost strategies might best address such barriers.

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Modifications importantes à la Loi sur les normes du travail (Québec)

Le 6 avril 2018, nous avons publié un billet de blogue résumant les modifications principales proposées à la Loi sur les normes du travail du Québec par le Projet de loi no 176 – Loi modifiant la loi sur les normes du travail et d’autres dispositions législatives afin principalement de faciliter la conciliation famille-travail.

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Important amendments to an Act Respecting Labour Standards (Quebec)

On June 12, 2018, Bill 176 was passed and assented by the National Assembly. Since it includes numerous important amendments and differs from the version that was originally presented, we have reproduced certain provisions which may be of interest, following 8 general themes.

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada seeks feedback on breach reporting guidance

On September 17, 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Privacy Commissioner) invited stakeholders to provide feedback on a draft guidance and draft breach reporting form entitled What you need to know about mandatory reporting of breaches of security safeguards by October 2, 2018.

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Can an employer have a zero tolerance policy for marijuana? The Human Rights Tribunal weighs in

In one of the first cases to consider this issue the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal was faced with the question of whether a “zero tolerance” policy for marijuana consumption discriminated against a worker in a safety sensitive position who wanted to consume marijuana at work for medicinal purposes.

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Canada aims to increase accessibility with Bill C-81

The Accessible Canada Act is to be the first federal accessibility law in Canada to further assist those will disabilities. Canada’s goal in implementing this act is to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities to enhance full and equal participation of those with disabilities.

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