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Should employers talk about mental health in the workplace?

Recent news in the media has highlighted competing perspectives on mental health, one story focusing on the importance of mental health privacy, and the other campaigning for speaking out about mental health. Wednesday Jan 27, 2016 has been designated as the Bell Let’s Talk day, meaning let’s talk about mental illness, as part of Bell’s multi-year campaign around the issue. This seems in contrast to a recent human rights decision about student mental health privacy rights at York University.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with AODA January 1, 2017 compliance deadline; performance based incentives; and, the use of medical marijuana in the workplace.

 

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To IME or not to IME, this is the question

In the recent decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“OHRT”) addressed the issue of when it would be reasonable for an employer to request an Independent Medical Exam (“IME”) from an employee during the accommodation process. The OHRT ruled that an employer request for an IME will be justified when it was “reasonable” in the circumstances of creating an individualized accommodation plan.

 

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Top 10 employment law stories of 2015

Seasons change; employment laws change and the last four seasons saw many changes to Ontario’s employment laws. In fact, 2015 will be known as the year the Kathleen Wynne government started implementing its rather ambitious employment law agenda… changes were made to a number of laws including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Employment Standards Act, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

 

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Ontario government ramps up AODA enforcement – Is your organization compliant?

The Ontario Government announced an audit blitz this fall pertaining to compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”). The blitz, which runs from October through to the end of December, is targeting large retailers with 500 or more employees.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with presenteeism; fixed-term contract; and, changes to accessibility regulations.

 

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January 2016 accessibility requirements need attention now

In less than eight weeks, small and large organizations in Ontario will face a new set of legal obligations under the AODA’s Employment Standard and Information and Communications Standard.

 

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Commencement of notice period when employee is dismissed while on disability leave

Sometimes, individuals will be dismissed from their jobs at a time when they are on disability leave. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as the decision to dismiss is entirely unrelated to the employee’s disability. For example, if an organization decides to eliminate a department of ten people, one of which is currently […]

 

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AODA audit blitz for retail organizations

I am guessing that there are a few business owners who are scratching their heads with regards to new information concerning an AODA “Audit Blitz” for retail organizations. In a field pot marked with consulting companies one would figure that the use of terminology that strikes fear into the hearts of businesses is a little unnecessary. Granted, accessibility is a crucial part of the business landscape in Ontario, but scaring the bejesus out of business owners is counterproductive.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with frustration of contract due to illness; duty to make your employment practices accessible; and employee termination for cause due to theft.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with scheduling work on Sundays; AODA employment standard; and unincorporated self-employment.

 

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Introducing our newest guest blogger Beyond Rewards Inc.

We are very pleased to announce that Beyond Rewards Inc. will be blogging on First Reference Talks.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Ontario AODA requirements for 2016; EI premium rates for 2016; and the duty to mitigate.

 

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Consultation and feedback processes should not be underestimated

Consultation and feedback processes should not be underestimated.  Doing away with the old systems of decision making provides for a more thorough engagement with those groups that would represent gaps in policy and operations.

 

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No “give and take” required by employee in accommodation under the Human Rights Code

The applicant, Michele Macan, filed a human rights application alleging discrimination with respect to employment due to disability. The respondent, Stongco Limited Partnership, rejected the allegations, instead submitting that the applicant’s disability was “not a reason, a factor, or even considered in its decision to terminate the applicant”.[1] The respondent alleged that her termination was […]

 

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