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(Don’t) Google it: practical lessons from the global walkout by Google’s employees

On November 1, 2018, thousands of Google employees from around the world – including in Canada – engaged in a coordinated walkout, leaving their respective offices to protest workplace harassment and inequality at the company.

 

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A review of U.S. border crossing issues one month after cannabis legalization

As we are now at the one-month anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada, it would be an appropriate time to revisit the issue of U.S. border crossings, in the context of cannabis.

 

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Holiday party do’s and don’ts

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to revisit the law of employer host liability. If your organization is planning to host a workplace holiday party where alcohol or other legal intoxicants may be served or used, you’ll want to protect your guests from harm and your organization from the potential for significant liability for damages sustained or caused by an impaired employee.

 

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Hold the applause: Clapping banned to reduce individual anxiety

A request for accommodation of alleged employee anxiety triggered by clapping should be treated in the same way as any other disability-related request for accommodation, that is, the employer must establish that there is in fact a disability triggering a duty to accommodate, and engage in a meaningful way to provide reasonable accommodation of the disability in question up to the point of undue hardship.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with 2019 payroll rates, proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Act and issuing ROEs on time.

 

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Labour Relations Code Review Panel issues report

On October 25, 2018, the Labour Relations Code Review Panel released its report with its recommendations for amendments to the B.C. Labour Relations Code (“Report”).

 

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Even robots are a little bit racist: Al bias in recruitment

How would you like to perform only the most high-level and uniquely human elements of your job? Are your skills really best utilized on data entry, rote memorization and pushing paper? Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to delegate all the drudgery of your job to machines while freeing you up to mingle with clients on the golf course and answer phone calls from your private yacht in the Adriatic Sea.

 

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Cannabis legalization: Behind the smoke and mirrors

Whether you were looking forward to October 17, 2018 or whether you were dreading it, the recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Canada.

 

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How are employers affected by Alberta’s increased protections against sexual and domestic violence?

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In protecting themselves against future liability, employers may find themselves stepping in line with the government, paving the way towards creating safe and respectful work environments within which employees’ conduct is held to a higher standard.

 

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Employee induced to leave his employment and terminated six months later awarded six months’ pay

Greenlees v. Starline Windows Ltd. demonstrates the willingness of courts to award longer notice periods to short-term employees, particularly when the conduct of the employer induces the employee to leave his previous employment.

 

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Remembrance Day, a public holiday for some, memorial day for others

Remembrance Day falls on Sunday, November 11 in 2018. Although Remembrance Day was declared a legal holiday like Canada Day and Victoria Day under the federal Holidays Act on March 1, 2018, provinces and territories determine which days are public holidays in their regions.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with maximum pensionable earnings and Canada Pension Plan contribution rates for 2019, smoking and vaping signage and fringe benefits.

 

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Federal government announces pay equity legislation for federally regulated workers

On October 29, 2018, days after releasing the Pay Equity Consultations What We Heard Report, the Federal Government proposed pay equity legislation for federally regulated workplaces.

 

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5 questions regarding PIPEDA’s mandatory breach reporting – What human resources professionals need to know

This blog answers 5 key questions employers have with respect to the new mandatory breach reporting requirements under PIPEDA.

 

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Four proposed prohibited grounds of discrimination

On September 26, 2018, a private member’s Bill 35, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2018 was introduced and received first reading in the Ontario legislature. The goal of Bill 35 is to add immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records, and social condition as prohibited grounds of discrimination in Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

 

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