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Author Archive - Christina Catenacci

Christina Catenacci, BA, LLB, LLM, was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and has since been a member of the Ontario Bar Association. Christina worked as an editor with First Reference between February 2005 and August 2015, working on publications including The Human Resources Advisor (Ontario, Western and Atlantic editions), HRinfodesk discussing topics in Labour and Employment Law. Christina has decided to pursue a PhD at the University of Western Ontario beginning in the fall of 2015. Read more

Cannabis regulations to support the coming into force of the Cannabis Act

In regards to cannabis in the workplace, employers are recommended to respond by proactively having appropriate policies and procedures in place, and training employees on these policies and procedures. Much will change in the coming months as cannabis becomes legal in Canada. Employers need to be prepared.

 

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Senate gives royal assent to Cannabis Act and it will become effective October 17, 2018

The Government of Canada has prepared some instructive material for Canadians in order to ensure that they are generally better prepared for what is to come now that Bill C-45 has received Royal Assent.

 

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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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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018 – what does this mean for Canadian organizations?

When determining whether the GDPR applies to our organization, it is important to ask questions such as, “Do I have an establishment in the EU?”, “Do I offer goods or services to individuals in the EU?”, and “Do I monitor the behaviour of individuals in the EU?”

 

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Proposed personal information protection in Ontario

The new proposed Bill 14 would apply to every “organization”, which is defined as including persons, unincorporated associations and other organizations but does not include certain individuals, public bodies (some of which include the government, a municipality, or a municipal board of Ontario) and Ontario courts.

 

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Recent updates on the legalization of marijuana

Employers may prohibit the use of recreational marijuana at work or during working hours and may also prohibit employees from attending work while impaired. Workplace rules regarding non-medical use of marijuana may be enforced through the application of the employer’s substance abuse and progressive discipline policies. Find out how.

 

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Recent report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Employers who are governed by PIPEDA are recommended to remain informed on these issues because some of the above-mentioned recommendations may become part of future legislative and policy initiatives.

 

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Update regarding the Metron Construction case: Kazenelson’s appeal dismissed, 3.5-year sentence upheld

Over the past couple of years, I have written about the story regarding the project manager involved at the work site where Metron Construction Incorporated (Metron) was repairing 18-story apartment buildings using a swing stage. The charges arose from an incident where five workers employed by Metron fell more than 100 feet to the ground when the swing stage on which they were working suddenly collapsed. Some developments in this matter have occurred.

 

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Update concerning the legalization of marijuana

Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts was introduced in the House of Commons on April 13, 2017. In response to the developments taking place at the federal level, provinces and territories have become active in creating provisions for their particular jurisdictions. The goal is to implement a regulatory framework in particular provinces or territories in anticipation of the legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

 

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Workplace organizational behaviour part II: Perception

Behaviour in the workplace is based on people’s perception of it. In this post, let’s examine how one’s perception influences productivity, absenteeism, turnover and job satisfaction.

 

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada creates draft guidance document outlining inappropriate data practices and no-go zones

On September 28, 2017, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada created a draft guidance document providing clarification on inappropriate data practices, specifically focusing on subsection 5(3) of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). This provision is entitled, “Appropriate purposes”, and states that, “an organization may collect, use or disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider are appropriate in the circumstances”.

 

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Update on genetic discrimination provisions in human rights legislation

Canada is on its way to including genetic discrimination provisions in its human rights legislation. Since March 2017, some interesting developments have occurred.

 

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Proposed privacy breach of security safeguards under PIPEDA

Organizations that have control over an individual’s personal information are recommended to become familiar with the proposed requirements so that they are prepared to respond to the changes.

 

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Privacy information: Cookieless identification and tracking of devices

On August 21, 2017, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released an informative piece regarding cookieless identification and tracking of devices.

 

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