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Q&A: Suspected use of marijuana in the workplace

With medicinal marijuana already being prescribed by doctors and the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana just around the corner, this question addresses a real concern shared by many employers across Canada.

 

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Ontario employment law update: Mid-year report

Much has changed in recent weeks. The Liberal party has been replaced by the PC party as the governing party in Ontario, recreational-use cannabis will become legal on October 17, 2018, more employment standards inspectors have been hired and trained and are now conducting workplace inspections to ensure that employers are complying with Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, and there’s more.

 

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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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Recent amendments to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code bring big changes to Alberta workplaces

This blog provides a summary of some of the key changes to the Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code relating to joint work site health and safety committees, health and safety representatives, harassment and violence.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with an Ontario labour arbitration decision in which the arbitrator ruled personal emergency leave entitlement is in addition to any floater days allowed under a collective agreement, a recent HRTO decision which held there is no absolute right to use medical marijuana in the workplace, and a recent survey that found job seekers, while enticed by work from home options, are also aware of the pitfalls.

 

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Sober, safe and productive workplaces: Managing the legalization of recreational marijuana

The pending legalization of recreational marijuana has raised concerns for employers as to how legalization may impact their workplaces and what steps may be taken to protect staff, ensure safety and avoid loss of productivity.

 

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The duty to accommodate mental disability: 5 practical tips to help employers mentally prepare

Employers aren’t expected to be experts in mental health or mental disability. Mental illness and the mental disability it can cause are complex medical issues, and there may be times when the employer needs to seek expert medical advice or guidance.

 

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Accommodation of medical marijuana

The right to accommodation, and the widespread acceptance of medical marijuana, does not mean that employees have a right to use marijuana at work. Safety considerations will be taken into account and although zero tolerance policies will not be automatically enforced, they will be enforced when appropriate.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with police record checks, the notice period in termination clauses and new pay transparency legislation in Ontario.

 

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What will the provincial election mean for labour and employment law?

With the Ontario provincial election looming, the three major political parties are on very different paths with their plans for for labour and employment law. The Liberals seem to be aiming to maintain the status quo. The Progressive Conservatives are aiming to freeze minimum wage and the New Democratic Party has plans for sweeping changes to both the labour and employment law regimes.

 

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The 9 top workplace posting requirements every Ontario employer must know – with the latest requirements

Employers in Ontario have to post a lot more than just the Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards Poster in their workplaces. You may be required to have 30 or more documents and posters displayed in a location (or locations) where all your employees can see them. Employers may have posting responsibilities under the following Acts: […]

 

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with police record checks, public holiday calculation and the Ministry of Labour’s update to the workplace health and safety guide.

 

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Requirements for conducting a workplace harassment investigation: lessons from the Green Party

Any allegation of harassment in the workplace needs to be taken seriously. Not the least of which, employers should be mindful of the statutory duty to conduct a related investigation.

 

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Bill 176’s proposed amendments to the Act Respecting Labour Standards (“ARLS”)

From the proposed amendments to the new act, we can already anticipate a substantial impact on employers. Here are some of the main proposals, divided into 8 broad categories:

 

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Propositions de modifications à la Loi sur les normes du travail (la « LNT ») par le Projet de loi no 176 06 avril 2018

Voici les faits saillants des modifications législatives proposées dans ce projet de loi, repartis en 8 grands thèmes :

 

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