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Swing N Scaff Inc. and company director fined a total of $400,000 in deaths of four workers

Last January, I wrote about fatalities at work, and in particular, the Metron Construction and Swartz decisions. Since then, there has been some developments.

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When can employers draw the line? The duty to accommodate and undue hardship

In Perron v Revera Long Term Care Inc., the Human Rights Tribunal held that an employer’s duty to accommodate does not include a duty to create a new position, fundamentally change working conditions, assign the essential duties of an employee with a disability to other employees or to hire another employee to perform them in the employee’s place.

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Twitter terminations: Sexist tweets found to constitute just cause for termination

Since the beginning of time, employees have privately complained about work and made inappropriate comments to friends and family. Today, however, this venting is happening over the Internet. The internet has major reach and many employees, including professors, sports figures, comedians and writers, have already been terminated because of their Facebook and Twitter activity.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the 2015 TD1 Ontario Personal Tax Credits Return; a case dealing with a physical altercation between employees; and when an ESA decision just isn’t enough.

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CIC Issues ministerial instructions relating to express entry

On December 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada published Ministerial Instructions relating to its proposed Express Entry System. Express Entry will come into effect on January 1, 2015, at 12:00 noon EST, and will apply to: (1) the Federal Skilled Worker class, (2) the Canadian Experience Class, (3) the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and (4) the Express Entry Stream of a Provincial Nominee Program.

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Human Rights principles and accessibility

This is a great post on this International Human Rights Day. The principles that guide accessibility can be found in a few human rights mechanisms that structure the responsibility to make adjustments of law and policy to allow for equal participation of persons with disabilities.

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Avoid workplace holiday horror stories

Here are a few suggestions on how to keep the busy holiday season a safe and enjoyable one at your workplace.

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2014 Clawbies nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Canadian Law Blog Awards. Again, the quality of Lawblogs were amazing in 2014 and many are deserving of honours. However, we can only nominate up to three other Canadian law blogs we follow and read. This year, I concentrated on employment law blogs, so here are mine and First Reference top choices for 2014:

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How much notice of resignation must an employee provide?

It is a commonly held belief that employees must provide two weeks’ notice when they resign from their employment. However, this blanket statement does not necessarily reflect the applicable legal requirements. While two weeks’ notice is appropriate in many cases, some employees may be required to provide less notice, and other employees may be required […]

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Avoiding common employment law misconceptions

Small to midsize employers, many HR professionals, and many lawyers proceed based upon completely inaccurate understandings of how employment law works. While there are many examples of this, there are three that I see regularly in my practice: the myth that the severance entitlement in Canada is one month per year, regardless of other factors […]

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with holiday parties and the Canada Revenue Agency guides for 2014 T4 filing and taxable benefits and allowances.

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Les agences de placement de personnel continuent d’être dans la mire du fisc.

Nous avons depuis quelque temps été témoins d’interventions plus musclées de la part des autorités fiscales à l’encontre des travailleurs (ou leurs sociétés) qui contractent avec des agences de placement de personnel aux fins de la prestation de services à leurs entreprises-clientes. L’impact de la récente décision de la Cour d’appel du Québec (17 juillet 2014) relativement à l’agence Océanica , bien que visant le secteur des infirmiers, se fera sentir dans tous les secteurs.

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Back to basics: HRTO follows Figliola and refuses to allow relitigation of WSIB claim

In 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v Figliola. The Figliola decision addressed the issue of the relitigation by human rights tribunals of issues already addressed in other proceedings.

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December 3, 2014, International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities this year is Wednesday December 3, 2014.

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Supreme Court of Canada gives quick win to BCTF on parental benefits

The Supreme Court of Canada recently made a rare oral ruling from the bench, giving the B.C. Teachers’ Federation a quick win in their appeal of a decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal regarding discrimination and unequal treatment under the Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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