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Happy Tax Freedom Day!

Tax Freedom Day 2017

Happy tax freedom day (June 14) from the Fraser Institute. “Because governments impose a litany of taxes—some visible, some hidden—it’s very difficult for Canadians to get a clear sense of all the taxes they pay.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a safety talk on impairment in the workplace from IHSA, BC employment standards changes and burnout in the workplace.

 

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Recent reports regarding privacy: 2018-2019 survey of Canadians on privacy and 2017 survey of Canadian businesses on privacy-related issues

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has a mandate to protect and promote privacy rights of Canadians, and this includes conducting public opinion research with the general population and also with Canadian businesses on privacy-related issues.

 

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The Bikini Bistro and discrimination in the restaurant industry

An article recently came across my news feed that gave me pause. A new restaurant will be opening in Kamloops, BC, with a ‘unique’ dress code. As the name suggests, the Teenie Bikini Bistro will serve typical pub-style fare served by – wait for it –

 

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Calculating severance: What do the courts say?

In the past I have written about the different factors that are considered in assessing severance for a termination. Being a lawyer, I also provided the standard cop-out that “there is no formula for determining reasonable notice or severance amounts”.

 

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Do you have a fit for duty program in your workplace?

To be committed to the health, safety and wellness of all employees, customers and other members of the public, a Fit for Duty program is necessary for prevention, protection and rehabilitation (if necessary).

 

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Victoria Day, public (statutory) holiday in Canada

In Canada, Monday, May 20, 2019, is recognized as a public (statutory) holiday known as Victoria Day, except in the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). In Quebec, the public holiday is referred to as National Patriots’ Day (Journée nationale des patriotes).

 

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Avoiding pitfalls in long-term disability claims

Employers often provide their employees with access to long-term disability benefits through a group benefit plan. Group benefits are an attractive incentive for employees but can result in increased risk for the employer.

 

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A reasonable expectation of privacy: The application of R v. Jarvis to the employment context

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v. Jarvis addressed the circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy. While the case directly considered whether certain recordings violated the Criminal Code, the Court’s broad analysis of when a reasonable expectation of privacy exists applies outside the criminal context, with relevance to employers.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with changes to employment standards in British Columbia, a class action lawsuit against RBC/Aviva and proposed workplace harassment and violence prevention regulations.

 

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Ontario’s new employer-friendly employment laws

Some recent changes in the law make Ontario’s employment laws more employer-friendly – especially for small businesses; this blog post discusses five of these changes.

 

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What is the right to disconnect, and does it apply in Canada?

The right to disconnect refers to employees’ ability to disconnect from work and not engage in work-related communications while they are off-duty.

 

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Class action lawsuit against RBC/Aviva

According to an April 23, 2019, CNW press release, an $80-million class action lawsuit has been filed against RBC Insurance and Aviva General Insurance alleging that the company’s practice of calculating vacation and public holiday pay for commissioned salespeople violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act.

 

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Official Day of Mourning to commemorate work related injuries and deaths

On April 28, around 80 countries worldwide will mark an official Day of Mourning to commemorate those workers who have suffered work related injuries, illnesses and deaths.

 

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Good Friday, Easter and Passover in 2019

Good Friday and Easter Sunday coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover in 2019.

 

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