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When should an employer conduct a workplace investigation?

Under the common law, and specifically under Sections 25(2)(h) and 32.0.5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario), every employer has a duty to conduct a workplace investigation after an incident of workplace violence has allegedly occurred. In other words, if an employer gets a complaint about violence at work, or if the employer witnesses violence at work, it must conduct an investigation.

 

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Lack of evidence works against employer at the HRTO

In the matter of Puniani v. Rakesh Majithia CA Professional Corporation, after being terminated from her employment, the applicant filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging discrimination based on sex. The respondents denied any such claims and alleging the reason for the applicant’s termination was related to job performance.

 

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Q&A: Critical illness leave to take care of parent outside of Canada

In this conference Q&A, we address whether employees are entitled to take critical illness leave to care for a parent who is not in Canada.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a case in which the BC Supreme Court found that an employee’s secret pay raise and bonus warranted his summary dismissal, a study that found the economic benefits of hiring and accommodating workers with mental illnesses outweigh the costs, and the Ontario Cannabis Act.

 

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There’s a tidal shift happening in human rights – Part II are employers ready for Bill 164?

Bill 164 aims to expand the current protection offered by the Ontario Human Rights Code in relation to citizenship, race and place of origin to add immigration status, which will essentially eliminate an employer’s ability to discriminate on the basis of how long someone has been in the country.

 

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HRTO creates new rule for employers regarding citizenship-based recruitment criteria

It is both advisable and appropriate to confirm that an employee is legally eligible to work in Canada at the time of hire. But the inquiry should stop there.

 

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Does the Canada Border Services Agency have the authority to search your electronic devices?

Travellers may feel that searches of their electronic devices at border crossings are an unreasonable violation of their privacy rights. However, they need to be aware that refusing to provide their password can have serious consequences.

 

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Q&A: Medical marijuana inquiry during hiring or screening process

Can we ask during the hiring and screening process if a potential employee is using medical marijuana for a position that requires driving or that is a safety sensitive position?

 

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Q&A: Who may be hired as a third party investigator to deal with workplace harassment complaints?

Is there any legislation that dictates who may or may not be hired as a third party investigator?

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with OHRC’s annual report, new service dog signage for businesses and the Speech from the Throne.

 

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HRTO: Terminating benefit plans for employees 65 and over is unconstitutional

Talos v Grand Erie District School Board involved an employee whose extended health, dental and life insurance benefits were terminated by his employer, Grand Erie District School Board, when he turned age 65, although he continued to work on a full-time basis.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with human rights report form the OHRC, service dog signage and the Speech from the Throne.

 

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Ainmelk v. Jeoffrey: Interim remedies at the HRTO revisited

Although the Tribunal does have the power to issue orders in regard to compliance, it is rare that they are granted, based on a very specific criteria that must be met. One should review each guideline carefully before requesting such an order in the interest of time, money, and adding to the complexity of the matter.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with changes to personal income tax in Ontario, the legalization of cannabis and its effect on the workplace and a decision in a case of termination of an employee following a workplace harassment complaint.

 

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Millennials at Work: Common Legal Issues

This emerging new workforce of millennials is as engaged as ever, keen to participate in a meaningful way without merely clock-punching, and can bring an important perspective to any workplace looking to continue being relevant in the modern workforce.

 

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