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Health and safety: It’s not just physical

Employers have the duty to protect their workers and provide a healthy and safe work environment. Health & safety is about both physical and mental health.

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Arbitrator orders nurse who was caught stealing narcotics to be reinstated

Is it a discriminatory practice and potential breach of the Ontario Human Right Code for a nursing home to prohibit nurses from stealing narcotics?

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Constructive dismissals – not blank cheque to refuse re-employment

A recent Ontario Superior Court summary judgment decision is a strong reminder that lay-offs are not an automatic contractual right and can trigger a constructive dismissal claim.

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Termination clause update: New developments concerning benefit continuation and just cause language

We are not long into 2019 and yet one thing already seems clear – the law concerning employment contract termination clauses will continue to be the focus of a great deal of litigation in Ontario. In just the past few months alone, new decisions from the Superior Court have helped to advance the law and provide further guidance to employers on proper drafting of termination clauses.

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Family Day February 18: Which provinces have a day off with pay?

Family Day, Monday, February 18 is celebrated in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the length of the notice period, reasonable grounds for dismissal and mandatory JHSC training moving online.

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What’s love got to do with it? Managing office romances

Happy stories of office relationships are not the ones that give Human Resource managers pause or make employment lawyers nervous. Instead, it’s the remaining portion of office romances that pose potential issues and liability for the employer, and the employees.

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Review of Ontario human rights damages in 2018: New high watermarks

2018 marks an exceptional year for developments in the Ontario human rights remedies realm.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the the new WSIB mandatory poster, 2019-2020 OHS workplace inspection schedule and the WSIB’s new medical cannabis policy.

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Rise of the machines in the workplace

Is your workplace about to be automated? A recent study by McKinsey & Company suggests that about half of the activities (not jobs) carried out by workers could be automated right now with currently available technologies.

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Wrongful dismissal update: Recent case is a cause for concern

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It is increasingly difficult for employment lawyers to assess an employer’s potential legal liability in connection with an employee termination.

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Over $3 million in adjustments following wage gap monitoring: continued need for monitoring is clear

Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission recently released results of the Wage Gap Monitoring Program 2018. And it’s clear that there is a continued need for monitoring.

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Is 36 months the new 24?

For a long time, the common law notice period had an “unofficial” cap of 24 months, which was generally reserved for very long-service, senior level management. In recent years, things have changed and longer notice periods are becoming the norm.

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Compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act: Necessary for the lives of your workers

This past September, a paving contractor was fined $325,000 for a workplace fatality that occurred due to not properly complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Compliance with the Act includes following proper policies and procedures and ensuring your employees are trained on safety issues.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with record retention, video surveillance and the wage gap.

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