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Entitlement to bereavement leave in Ontario

How much paid bereavement leave is an hourly employee entitled to in Ontario? And what constitutes “evidence reasonable in the circumstances” to demonstrate entitlement to personal emergency leave?

 

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Dishonesty in hiring process constitutes cause for dismissal

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has confirmed that, in certain scenarios, an employee’s dishonesty in the hiring process will constitute cause for dismissal. In this case, the plaintiff’s claim for wrongful termination was dismissed when the court found that the plaintiff’s omission on a security questionnaire amounted to dishonesty that went to the core of the employment relationship and was irreconcilable with sustained employment.

 

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Federal undertakings involved in construction projects are not subject to a provincial occupational health and safety legislation

Are the provisions of chapter XI of the Act respecting Occupational Health and Safety, pertaining to construction sites and principal contractors, constitutionally applicable to federal undertakings? Such is the question that the Superior Court of Quebec has responded to in Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail c. Commission des lésions professionnelles, 2016 QCCS 2424.

 

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Les entreprises fédérales qui effectuent des travaux de construction ne sont pas assujetties à la Loi sur la santé et de la sécurité du travail provinciale

Les dispositions du chapitre XI de la Loi sur la santé et la sécurité du travail (la LSST) touchant aux chantiers de construction et à la maîtrise d’œuvre des chantiers sont-elles constitutionnellement applicables aux entreprises de compétence fédérale? Telle est la question à laquelle répond la Cour supérieure du Québec dans la récente décision Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail c. Commission des lésions professionnelles, 2016 QCCS 2424.

 

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A six step guide to employee recognition

Have you ever wondered how you could implement an employee recognition program and why you would need one?

 

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Video cameras in the workplace – The Vigi Santé Ltée decision: The Court of Appeal weighs in

The presence of video cameras in the workplace, as well as other measures of surveillance put in place by employers, have generated considerable commentary in recent years in Quebec. Administrative and civil tribunals are increasingly called upon to rule on the legality of these measures which are increasingly accessible to employers, as well as to assess their probative value in the context of the administration of evidence.

 

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Caméras vidéo en milieu de travail – L’arrêt Vigi Santé Ltée : La cour d’appel se prononce

La présence de caméras vidéo en milieu de travail, ainsi que d’autres mesures de surveillance mises en place par un employeur, font couler beaucoup d’encre depuis quelques années au Québec. En effet, les tribunaux administratifs et civils sont de plus en plus appelés à se prononcer sur la légalité de ces mesures dorénavant accessibles aux employeurs, ainsi qu’à en évaluer la force probante dans un contexte d’administration de la preuve.

 

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Cannabis in the workplace

On April 13, Bill C-45 – An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, also known as the Cannabis Act – was introduced and read in the House of Commons.

 

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Le cannabis en milieu de travail

Le 13 avril dernier, le projet de loi C-45 – soit la Loi concernant le cannabis et modifiant la Loi réglementant certaines drogues et autres substances, le Code criminel et d’autres lois ou la Loi sur le cannabis – fut déposé et lu à la Chambre des communes. La Loi sur le cannabis prévoit, entre autres, certaines modalités visant à légaliser et à réglementer la production et distribution du cannabis à des fins médicales et récréatives.

 

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Don’t take a chance on it: The uncertainty of ESA-only termination clauses

In January 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in Cook v. Hatch upholding a less than perfect termination clause that failed to reference statutory severance pay or provide for continued health benefits during the statutory notice period. A month later, the Court of Appeal responded with its decision in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd. where it overturned a motion judge’s ruling upholding a similar termination provision. And so, the age old debate about the enforceability of ESA-only termination provisions rages on.

 

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Will distracted driving kill your employees?

Operating a motor vehicle for work is more than driving a truck, cab or ambulance. Anyone driving from home to a location different from their usual workplace, or travelling for work, is usually “in the course of employment” under workers’ compensation law. Thus distracted driving is very much an employer responsibility and risk.

 

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Federal adjudicator dismisses family status grievance

Federal adjudicator dismisses family status grievance – confirms that employer’s duty to accommodate is only engaged where a work rule interferes with an employee’s legal obligations.

 

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Une arbitre fédérale rejette un grief fondé sur la situation de famille

Une arbitre fédérale rejette un grief fondé sur la situation de famille et confirme que l’obligation d’accommodement de l’employeur ne s’applique que lorsqu’une règle au travail nuit à la réalisation des obligations légales d’un employé.

 

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Have you amended your pension plan?

The Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) was recently amended. In this communiqué, we briefly review those amendments.

 

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Former employee successfully sued for defamation for Facebook posts

In recent years, careless, or let’s say, less than sensible comments on social media have gotten countless employees in trouble with their boss. Employees who have used Facebook as a forum for posting threatening language and vile insults about a supervisor or offensive accusations about the company they work for have quickly been shown the door; and arbitrators and labour boards are often prepared to uphold these dismissals.

 

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