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Grievor awarded $5,000 for breach of privacy

An interesting case (Edmonton Police Service v Edmonton Police Association), sends a strong message to employers that it is important to respect employees’ privacy interests.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with alcohol and drug testing policy; Refusal to sign consent form to independent medical examination; and, public consultation on new requirement to insure long-term disability benefits.

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Deaf worker terminated due to ‘inconvenience’

You’d probably be fair in thinking that a deaf, gay Aboriginal man can have a hard time getting a break, but Darryl Wesley seems like the type of person who doesn’t let obstacles get in his way. Nonetheless, when he was terminated from a landscaping job in North Bay, Ontario…

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Employees’ Voting Rights Act significantly changes federal labour relations

The Employees’ Voting Rights Act (the “EVRA”) significantly changes the way in which unions gain and lose bargaining rights in the federal sector in Canada. Federal labour relations law applies to a variety of sectors including the federal public sector, banking, inter-provincial and international transportation, broadcasting, telecommunications and aeronautics. The EVRA will become effective on June 16, 2015.

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Lugonia v. Arista Homes: Pregnancy, short-term contracts and the “Code”

In the summer of 2013 the applicant, Amanda Lugonia, began a new job at the same time she discovered she was starting a new family, the result of which was instant dismissal from her new employer. The respondent denied that the applicant’s pregnancy was a factor in the termination of her employment and in addition denied knowledge of the pregnancy, claiming the reason for her termination was due to lack of “fit”.

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Transform data into stories and engage executives

In the past we have explored the value of visualizations in bringing workforce data to life and simplifying understanding. So what comes next once we have robust people data, great visualizations, and deeper understanding? It’s time to start sharing insight with executives.

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Danger of fixed term contract avoided

The recent decision in Tossonian v. Cynphany Diamonds Inc. highlights the importance for both employees and employers to clearly specify the fundamental terms of an employment contract in writing including the “term” of the contract.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with 2014 labour and employment law reviews, and the liability of directors for failure to withhold.

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Doctor’s note not always a ticket to a successful human rights claim

When I was in high school and university, it was not uncommon for a few of my classmates to fall ill during exams or just prior to a major test. When explaining to the teacher the next day why they were not present to write the test, one of the more common responses from the teacher would be, “Bring a doctor’s note.”

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Training and development – your organization needs a plan!

Training employees is a compliance issue—even if your organization is not in Quebec.  In Quebec organizations are legislated to direct 1 percent of total payroll to be allocated to eligible training costs.

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Building the just cause wall brick by brick

I am often asked what it takes to prove that summary dismissal is warranted. Can a single incident of misconduct be sufficient? What about a series of less serious incidents?

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Crime at work: The sometimes criminal consequences of workplace misconduct

Misconduct at work is typically met with discipline or, if particularly bad, perhaps dismissal. There are occasions, however, where employee misconduct will also merit criminal charges.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with employee termination, duty to accommodate and the consequences of inappropriate tweets.

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The top 10 employment law stories of 2014

Here is a list of 10 cases that changed the employment law landscape in 2014.

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Government of Canada announces immigrant investor venture capital pilot program

On December 16, 2014, the Government of Canada announced that it will unveil its Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program (the “IIVC”) at the end of January 2015. The IIVC is designed to attract experienced business immigrants who will actively invest in the Canadian economy and will be available to approximately 50 investors and their families (presumably each year).

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