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Fixed-term contract costs employer $1.2 million in severance

Beware the fixed-term employment contract. That should be every employer’s mantra following the recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court in McGuinty v. 1845035 Ontario Inc. (McGuinty Funeral Home), 2019 ONSC 4108 (“McGuinty”).

 

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Workplace investigation alert – Injunctions in investigations: Do they ever work?

There is no question that workplace investigations are disruptive and difficult for the parties involved. Sometimes parties are removed from the workplace or their duties are modified. Complainants and respondents are often concerned about damage to their reputations and their careers once it is known that a complaint has been made, and that an investigation is being conducted. Can an investigation ever be shut down in anticipation of this disruption?

 

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Workplace data theft – Protect your company with best practices

The Capital One Data Breach has been big news lately, and for good reason. It’s a big deal. This breach compromised the data of over 100 million Capital One customers. Instead of a shadowy overseas hacker or a creepy crawler from the dark web, the hacker was a former employee of the cloud hosting company through which Capital One stored their data.

 

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Are executives entitled to variable compensation after being terminated?

This blog reviews a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Manastersky v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2019 ONCA 609 (CanLII), that considered whether or not an employer can discontinue a variable compensation plan that accounts for about 50% of an executive’s total compensation.

 

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PIPEDA Interpretation Bulletin regarding safeguards

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has an Interpretation Bulletin dealing with privacy safeguards that can serve as helpful guidance for organizations who are subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

 

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Employer’s duty to investigate under the “Code”

Nelson v. Lakehead University is a noteworthy decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario as it articulates the complexity of any human rights matter before the Tribunal, and further underscores the employer’s duty to investigate.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with supporting return to work, assessing job applicants with temporary work experience and rolling back labour relations reforms.

 

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WorkSafeBC mental disorder presumption

egulatory changes took effect on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 that expanded the presumption for mental health disorders caused by work. The presumption only applies to WorkSafeBC claims and eligible occupations. The initial list of eligible occupations included:

 

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Preventing Impairment in the Workplace

How can you prevent impairment in the workplace with cannabis usage on the rise due to its legalization?

 

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Medical marijuana: Limits to consumption in unionized workplaces

A recent labour arbitration decision from Saskatchewan has suggested what the boundaries around workplace consumption of medical marijuana might be.

 

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Shareholders’ agreement all that matters for shareholder rights in wrongful dismissal analysis

What happens to an employee’s rights under a shareholders’ agreement if the employee is wrongfully dismissed?

 

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Is GPS data “personal information?”

A recent decision by the Alberta Privacy Commissioner has confirmed that in some cases, an organization’s requirement for independent contractors to install GPS tracking devices on their vehicles will not violate applicable privacy legislation but does the data collected may be considered “personal information”.

 

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The most common mistakes made in Quebec vacation policies

As employment counsel, we routinely work with employers to identify issues with their policies and practices as they relate to vacation (annual leave) and vacation pay under Quebec’s An act respecting labour standards. In this post, we identify four of the most common errors and misconceptions made by employers.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with managing disabilities in the workplace, workplace harassment and the decline of quality full-time work in Canada.

 

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Labour arbitrator grants interim protection for complainant of workplace sexual harassment

Since the onset of the #metoo movement, Canadian society has been paying attention to (and grappling with the consequences of) sexual harassment to a previously unprecedented degree. This increased focused is long overdue.

 

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