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Cannabis at the office holiday party

The season of the office holiday party is upon us! In addition to merriment, this time of year can bring a lot of risk for employers. And there’s a new risk this year.

 

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Mandatory postings in workplaces

There are several documents that are mandatory postings for all workplaces, while others depend on the nature of the business and the hazards present in the workplace.

 

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Proposed domestic violence leave of absence in Newfoundland and Labrador would take effect January 1, 2019

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Several provinces have created or are beginning to add a statutory domestic violence leave of absence to their employment standards legislation, including Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In Newfoundland and Labrador Bill 32 amends the Labour Standards Act to establish such a leave.

 

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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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Not so fast: Court sets aside employer’s ex parte motion against ex-employee

The recent decision of Planet Paper Box Group Inc., v. McEwan, highlights some of the risks of utilizing an ex parte motion to enforce restrictive covenants against a departing employee.

 

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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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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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Hold the applause: Clapping banned to reduce individual anxiety

A request for accommodation of alleged employee anxiety triggered by clapping should be treated in the same way as any other disability-related request for accommodation, that is, the employer must establish that there is in fact a disability triggering a duty to accommodate, and engage in a meaningful way to provide reasonable accommodation of the disability in question up to the point of undue hardship.

 

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Even robots are a little bit racist: Al bias in recruitment

How would you like to perform only the most high-level and uniquely human elements of your job? Are your skills really best utilized on data entry, rote memorization and pushing paper? Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to delegate all the drudgery of your job to machines while freeing you up to mingle with clients on the golf course and answer phone calls from your private yacht in the Adriatic Sea.

 

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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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