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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with terminating independent contractors, offering a promotion without a pay increase and BC’s new employer health tax.

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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

Thursday June 21, 2018, marks National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This day of recognition and celebration honours the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

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There’s a tidal shift happening in human rights – Are employers ready?

The intolerance brought on by the #MeToo movement is being mirrored in Human Rights Tribunal decisions across the country as awards for damages relating to sexual harassment show an upward trend. There are also other changes brewing in human rights law, particularly in Ontario. A recent decision on age discrimination and benefit coverage may require significant amendments to employer benefit plans and resulting costs to employers.

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Not so constructive feedback: Employer’s unilateral changes result in constructive dismissal

In Robinson v. H.J. Heinz Company of Canada LP, Stinson J. found that the Plaintiff, a long term employee of the Defendant, had been constructively dismissed when the Defendant progressively stripped responsibilities from her position after a merger.

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Sober, safe and productive workplaces: Managing the legalization of recreational marijuana

The pending legalization of recreational marijuana has raised concerns for employers as to how legalization may impact their workplaces and what steps may be taken to protect staff, ensure safety and avoid loss of productivity.

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June 10 is Happy Tax Freedom Day 2018!

Tax Freedom Day 2017

The Fraser Institute recently announced that June 10 is Tax Freedom Day 2018 (although the date varies depending on where you live in Canada). According to the Fraser Institute calculations, from that day onward, employees are finally working for themselves and their families. Moreover, if you had to pay all your taxes up front to different levels of government, you are now in the clear to keep the rest of your earnings until a new year begins.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the bill that will legalize marijuana and the new smoke-free rules related to cannabis, as well as a successful challenge to the right to terminate group benefits for employees aged 65 and older.

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BCCA issues guidance on the role of unions in the employee accommodation request process

Employers may be permitted to deal with an employee directly in relation to a request for accommodation without involving the union, as the matter falls within the employer’s right to direct and manage the workforce.

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The duty to accommodate mental disability: 5 practical tips to help employers mentally prepare

Employers aren’t expected to be experts in mental health or mental disability. Mental illness and the mental disability it can cause are complex medical issues, and there may be times when the employer needs to seek expert medical advice or guidance.

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Escalating damage awards for employees at the HRTO

It would appear that there is an increasing willingness on the part of the HRTO to grant significant monetary awards to discriminated employees.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with jury pay, the EU’s new GDPR and a study of wages for people up to the age of 40.

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Remote workers: Pros, cons and tips

Workflow and infrastructure will need to adjust if employees are working remotely. The more paperless and automated, the easier it is to make the transition to remote work. Video conferencing, phone calls and some sort of in-person meeting on a regular basis are all good practices to make sure that employees working from home still have an opportunity for in-person communication with other employees.

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Court of Appeal upholds non-solicitation clause against departing employee

All employers should seriously consider including a property drafted non-solicitation clause in the employment contract of any employee who has a close working relationship with the organization’s customers.

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides guidance on meaningful consent

Obtaining meaningful consent represents a significant responsibility, and the Privacy Commissioner has created a checklist to assist organizations in achieving compliance.

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides guidance on inappropriate data practices

The Privacy Commissioner has outlined several “No-Go Zones”, and organizations are recommended to avoid collection, use and disclosure of personal information for these inappropriate purposes.

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