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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a new online course on impairment and cannabis in the workplaces, accessibility standards for employment and a new WSIB guide and app for businesses.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with providing a T4A to independent contractors, the equal pay for equal work coming into force date of April 1 and the Alberta OHS regulations consultation.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with marijuana in the workplace, proposed parental leave benefit and workplace harassment as a WSIB claim.

 

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The latest on the legality of random drug and alcohol testing

This blog summarizes a recent arbitration award where a union challenged an employer’s random drug testing policy at a coal mine.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with avoiding sexual harassment claims in the workplace, Occupational Health and Safety amendments and BC’s Family Day.

 

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A primer total disability and psychiatric conditions

Generally speaking, claim liability, whether through an employment group policy or an individual policy, mandates that a claimant suffer a total disability. Contrary to what most HR departments often think, total disability in the context of disability insurance does not mean that an employee must be completely helpless and incapable of any activity. Rather, total […]

 

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Bill C-65 – Amendments to the Canada Labour Code dealing with sexual harassment and violence

Federally-regulated employers, including those covered by the PESRA, should consider whether Bill C-65’s proposed changes require an examination or revision of current policies and practices on workplace violence or harassment.

 

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Projet de loi C-65 – Modifications au Code canadien du travail portant sur le harcèlement et la violence sexuels

Dans la foulée des allégations d’inconduite sexuelle, les débats devraient commencer sur le projet de loi C‑65 du gouvernement fédéral. S’il est adopté, ce projet de loi renforcerait les protections contre la violence et le harcèlement au travail, y compris le harcèlement et la violence sexuels, dans les milieux de travail de réglementation fédérale.

 

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Occupational Health and Safety: Duty to report and protection against reprisal

Employers should be particularly alert to the provisions of OHS Acts in considering actions taken by workers outside of the usual lines of reporting at the workplace where unsafe work conditions are alleged. The OHS Acts of each province in Atlantic Canada imbue workers with specific rights related to workplace safety.

 

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BC Supreme Court awards aggravated damages in the absence of medical evidence

The decisions in Ensign and Karmel demonstrate the risk of liability for failing to be honest and forthright in the manner of termination of an employee’s employment. Employers would be well-advised to be conservative in assessing whether they have cause, assessing reasonable notice periods, carrying out the termination and avoiding bad faith and/or misrepresentation.

 

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Update regarding the Metron Construction case: Kazenelson’s appeal dismissed, 3.5-year sentence upheld

Over the past couple of years, I have written about the story regarding the project manager involved at the work site where Metron Construction Incorporated (Metron) was repairing 18-story apartment buildings using a swing stage. The charges arose from an incident where five workers employed by Metron fell more than 100 feet to the ground when the swing stage on which they were working suddenly collapsed. Some developments in this matter have occurred.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with wage compression, New Year’s resolutions for employers and how compliance with occupational health and safety regulations may not be good enough.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with income tax changes in the new budget Bill, OHSA and WSIA changes in the new budget Bill and cannabis smoke-free and road safety legislation.

 

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Understanding seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD is a real medical condition that can affect anyone, even people who are not already predisposed to depression. The condition is more common in women than in men. Most people who develop SAD start experiencing symptoms in their 30s. Most people with SAD live in northern climates where there are shorter days in the winter months. Their symptoms begin to lessen in the spring when the amount of sunlight increases each day.

 

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Workers now eligible for WSIB benefits for chronic mental stress and workplace harassment

The recent changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act may well be a blessing for employees without other remedy or recourse. At this time, it appears possible that employees who have been subject to chronic workplace stress may be able to apply to the WSIB for some form of benefit. What the WSIB and the WSIAT do with this new entitlement is yet to be seen.

 

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