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WCB to employers: You need policies before Canada legalizes marijuana

Canada legalizes marijuana

On March 21, 2017, at a breakout session during a convention on the topic of Canada legalizing marijuana, a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board says employers should have policies in place before Canada legalizes marijuana, because it could affect safety on the job.

In addition to examining this statement by Saskatchewan WCB, this article also discusses if medical marijuana is a covered medical expense under workers’ compensation.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: An employee who was dismissed for not submitting a doctor’s note in a timely fashion; a firefighter who was reinstated after being dismissed for sexually harassing a co–worker; and human rights claims, made by a former employee, that were barred by terms of a final release received on termination.

 

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Business and booze: Dealing with alcohol in the workplace

The relationship between employee alcohol use and work is complex. In Ontario, there are specific legal obligations which apply, and employers must exercise caution. Without a proper understanding of their legal obligations, employers face a minefield which may unwittingly result in unwanted liability.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Canada Revenue Agency form T2200, Declaration of Conditions of Employment; clarification on the definition of “critical injury” in Regulation 834 under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act; and the issue of corporate structure and employment standards obligations.

 

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The agenda for the 2017 Ontario Employment Law Conference is now available

Join Stringer LLP and First Reference at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga on June 20, 2017 at the Ontario Employment Law Conference to Learn the Latest® on the following topics from top Ontario employment law experts: Jeremy Schwartz will discuss the increasingly important topic of structuring your work relationships with independent […]

 

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Ontario Court of Appeal upholds award of $60,000 in moral damages

In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a substantial award of moral damages to an employee subjected to long–term sexual harassment, after she made a formal complaint to her manager.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: How sleep and exercise may prevent the spread of harmful behavior across work and home life; a decision that may be helpful for employers who are faced with long delays in prosecutions of health and safety and other regulatory offences; a case that addresses without cause terminations and bonus payouts.

 

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Repeal of CPP Social Insurance Numbers Regulations and amendments; whether less-than-ideal working conditions can result in a constructive dismissal circumstance; and an employee’s reinstatement after serious misconduct.

 

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Contravention à une disposition en matière de santé et sécurité du travail? Une accusation d’homicide involontaire coupable pourrait en résulter!

La Cour supérieure a rendu une décision qui élargit la portée du Code criminel dans le cas de violations de dispositions en matière de santé et sécurité du travail. Dans Fournier c. R., la Cour supérieure indique qu’une accusation d’homicide involontaire coupable peut être fondée sur une infraction de responsabilité stricte en matière de santé et sécurité au travail.

 

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Implementing better ergonomics within the workplace

By implementing better ergonomics within the workplace, the overall efficiency of the workplace will improve. Tasks will become easier for workers because there will be a reduction in the strength exerted on a process, the number of steps in a task, the amount of training needed, etc. An ergonomic environment is a healthy environment—please be ergonomically safe!

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Workplace violence; age as a protected ground under human rights legislation; and the return-to-work process and the role of healthcare providers.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Whether an employee may deduct the cost of a basic cellular service plan; just cause to fire an employee for forging signatures on sick notes; and employer violation of health and safety legislation after failing to take precautions after employee complaint.

 

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Guide to recent noise regulation released

Noise is a serious health hazard, and if worker exposure is not eliminated or controlled, it can cause permanent hearing loss, physical and psychological stress, reduced productivity, and significant interference with communication causing further accidents and injuries. The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released a revised noise guideline in December 2016 to accompany Ontario Regulation 381/15. Regulation 381/15, effective July 1, 2016, sets out requirements for noise protection in all workplaces in the province.

 

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Dealing with marijuana in the workplace

I am increasingly being asked to speak about this subject at HR conferences, as employers are concerned about the practical implications of medical marijuana and how employees using it should be treated. The issue of marijuana in the workplace has generated a lot of attention, but what have our courts, arbitrators and tribunals said about it? A review of decisions addressing dismissal for workplace usage or possession of marijuana shows an inconsistent treatment which is consistent with the early stages that we are in.

 

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Protecting employees from social media harassment

It is well known that employees have certain legal obligations to their employer with respect to the content of their social media profiles. An arbitrator recently confirmed that employers also need to be careful about the content of their social media pages as it relates to their employees.

 

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