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What employers should know about conducting police record checks

The Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 standardized police record checks in Ontario as of November 1st 2018. Ontario Employers who conduct police record checks in regards to hiring employees or other purposes must know the requirements of this new legislation:

 

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Quebec employers: Are your harassment policies up to snuff?

Because of significant changes proposed to Quebec’s Act Respecting Labour Standards, employers need to ensure that their harassment policies now cover psychological and sexual harassment.

 

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No right to sue employer for sexual assault by co-worker: WSIAT

Can an employee sue her employer if she is the victim of sexual assault at work by a co-worker? The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal says no once again, “not if the employee is entitled to WSIB benefits.”

 

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30 tips for a reasonable workplace investigation

In Canada, a requirement to conduct a workplace investigation is triggered in case of harassment, sexual harassment or violence. What then is required of such a workplace investigation? In short, a “reasonable” investigation is required.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with holiday parties, the recent proposed amendments to the Ontario ESA introduced by Bill 47 and 2019 payroll rates.

 

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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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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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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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No smoking and no vaping signs required to be posted under Ontario’s smoke and vape-free legislation

The Ontario government has now made available information on the no smoking or no vaping signs required to be posted by employers and others on its website. There are three types of posting requirements under the smoke- and vape-free law, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 and its accompanying regulation, Ontario Regulation 268/18.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with eligibility for private health plans, salary increases in 2019 and sexual assault in the workplace.

 

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What is undue hardship?

The right to accommodation at work in Canada is not absolute. Employers only have an obligation to accommodate disabled employees up to undue hardship and can therefore terminate or suspend disabled employees if the employee cannot be accommodated.

 

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Q&A: Sharing liability of workplace parties for OHS violations

Is liability always charged independently to the employer (company) and supervisors or co-worker? Are each solely responsible for the charge? Can liability be passed on to the employer or is it the sole responsibility of the supervisor/co-worker to pay?

 

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