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Human rights – Your duty as an employer

In 2017, 66% of all human rights claims were employment-related. Employers have the duty to be compliant with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

 

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Legalization and the workplace: Your questions answered!

On October 17, the federal government legalized recreational marijuana use. At the same time, Ontario’s provincial government enacted the Cannabis Act and amended related legislation. Employers are rightly concerned about the possible impacts on the workplace.

 

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2019 Ontario Employment Law Conference: #LearntheLatest about continuing changes to employment law

Learn the Latest at the Ontario Employment Law Conference

Early-bird registration is now open – reserve your seats before March 31st to be eligible.

 

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Privacy Commissioner releases guidance document regarding cannabis transactions and privacy protection

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada recently released a guidance document to help cannabis retailers and purchasers understand privacy rights and obligations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

 

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The employee’s responsibility under the “Code”

Accommodation under the “Code” is a bridge where both parties must meet. What happens if a reasonable effort is not made on the part of the applicant?

 

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Arbitrator orders nurse who was caught stealing narcotics to be reinstated

Is it a discriminatory practice and potential breach of the Ontario Human Right Code for a nursing home to prohibit nurses from stealing narcotics?

 

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Review of Ontario human rights damages in 2018: New high watermarks

2018 marks an exceptional year for developments in the Ontario human rights remedies realm.

 

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Potential reprisal complaint on the horizon? Act fast!

Where an employee may argue that they were terminated due to raising health and safety or workplace violence/harassment concerns, they have an avenue for redress open to them under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

 

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Off-Key? The Boston Symphony and gender-based equality in pay

The size of an employee’s salary is often seen as an indicator of importance within an organization. Thus, when women are paid less than their male counterparts for performing similar work, it suggests that their efforts are somehow of lesser value.

 

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Expanding the obligations of federal employers – Anti-harassment and violence provisions to be added to the Canada Labour Code

On October 25, 2018, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), and the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent.

 

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Changements majeurs au Code canadien du travail

Le projet de loi C-86, intitulé Loi no 2 d’exécution du budget de 2018 (la « Loi »), a reçu la sanction royale le 13 décembre 2018. La Loi apporte d’importants changements touchant les milieux de travail de réglementation fédérale assujettis au Code canadien du travail, dont la plupart entreront en vigueur de manière échelonnée en 2019.

 

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Arbitrator states worker’s use of medical cannabis results in “unacceptable increased safety risk”- grievance dismissed

Increased safety risk arising from cannabis impairment in the workplace can amount to undue hardship. This will likely continue to be the case until there are reliable technologies that can accurately and effectively measure impairment from cannabis.

 

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Un arbitre déclare que la consommation de cannabis à des fins médicales par un travailleur entraîne « un risque accru inacceptable pour la sécurité » − grief rejeté

La récente légalisation du cannabis à des fins récréatives a fait ressortir le fait qu’il existe plusieurs questions concernant les effets d’affaiblissement des facultés du cannabis et comment ils peuvent être évalués

 

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Welcome to 2019 with new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada: A summary

Welcome to 2019 and a load of new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada.

 

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