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When should an employer conduct a workplace investigation?

Under the common law, and specifically under Sections 25(2)(h) and 32.0.5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario), every employer has a duty to conduct a workplace investigation after an incident of workplace violence has allegedly occurred. In other words, if an employer gets a complaint about violence at work, or if the employer witnesses violence at work, it must conduct an investigation.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with cannabis legalization and health and safety policies at work, recruiting and talent shortages and maximum common law notice periods.

 

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Legislating the right to disconnect

In France, the right to disconnect was enshrined in law in 2017. French workers in companies of more than 50 people have the right to turn off their work devices outside of working hours. Will Canada follow that path?

 

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds workers’ compensation order against site owner

The decision in this case is an important reminder about an owner’s worksite safety obligations. Owners must ensure the health and safety of their own employees, as well as the employees of other contractors on site.

 

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Update regarding the sale of cannabis in Ontario

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Employers need to become aware of recent developments to the sale of cannabis rules and should note that Ontarians will only be allowed to use recreational cannabis in a private residence, including the outdoor space of a home. Recreational cannabis use will not be allowed in any public spaces, workplaces or motorized vehicles.

 

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Court disregards release where settlement “unconscionable”

The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed an employee to proceed with claims against his former employer regarding long-term disability insurance, even though he had signed a release in exchange for a severance package when his employment ended.

 

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WHMIS phase 3: Are you ready for September?

Complying with WHMIS has been an ongoing mission to ensure safety within the workplace when working alongside hazardous materials. Compliance for WHMIS has been split up into 3 phases, and phase 3 commences on September 1. Are you ready?

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a case in which the BC Supreme Court found that an employee’s secret pay raise and bonus warranted his summary dismissal, a study that found the economic benefits of hiring and accommodating workers with mental illnesses outweigh the costs, and the Ontario Cannabis Act.

 

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Managing marijuana in the workplace

The Tribunal’s helpful statement in this case that an employee does not have an absolute right to use marijuana in the workplace and that it would be unreasonable to expect an employer to formally test an employee to determine the level of impairment before it could raise health and safety concerns should provide employers with some reassurance.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with social insurance numbers, Bill C-46 and scent-free policies in the workplace.

 

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Q&A: Medical marijuana inquiry during hiring or screening process

Can we ask during the hiring and screening process if a potential employee is using medical marijuana for a position that requires driving or that is a safety sensitive position?

 

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Q&A: Who may be hired as a third party investigator to deal with workplace harassment complaints?

Is there any legislation that dictates who may or may not be hired as a third party investigator?

 

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Cannabis regulations to support the coming into force of the Cannabis Act

In regards to cannabis in the workplace, employers are recommended to respond by proactively having appropriate policies and procedures in place, and training employees on these policies and procedures. Much will change in the coming months as cannabis becomes legal in Canada. Employers need to be prepared.

 

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Q&A: When is an employer’s duty to investigate workplace harassment triggered?

In this conference Q&A, we address when an employer’s duty to investigate workplace harassment is triggered. In partnership with Stringer LLP, First Reference Inc. recently hosted the 19th Annual Employment Law Conference on June 12, 2018, where we discussed the latest legal developments including issues surrounding workplace harassment. We received a large number of questions […]

 

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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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