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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with eligibility for private health plans, salary increases in 2019 and sexual assault in the workplace.

 

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Ontario announces that it will be “making Ontario open for business” by repealing Bill 148

Today the Government of Ontario announced that it will introduce sweeping “Open for Business” legislation that will remove burdens on businesses while also protecting workers. In other words, the Government of Ontario, as promised, will be “getting rid” of Bill 148.

 

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Termination clauses: Not just for indefinite employees

In a recent decision, Ontario’s Divisional Court reminds us of the importance of proper termination clauses in fixed term contracts. In Ferguson v. Mitsche & Aziz Inc., the Divisional Court upheld a Small Claims judgment awarding the maximum $25,0000.00 limit in damages to an employee who was dismissed five months into her one-year fixed term contract.

 

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Interim remedies at the HRTO revisited following termination

The previous article citing Tomlinson v. Runnymede Healthcare Centre discussed interim orders at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Of note is the rarity of a decision that institutes compliance on the part of the respondent prior to the conclusion of the matter. In such a request, the burden of proof is placed squarely upon the applicant, as in Codrin v. Commissionaires Great Lakes.

 

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What is undue hardship?

The right to accommodation at work in Canada is not absolute. Employers only have an obligation to accommodate disabled employees up to undue hardship and can therefore terminate or suspend disabled employees if the employee cannot be accommodated.

 

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Q&A: Sharing liability of workplace parties for OHS violations

Is liability always charged independently to the employer (company) and supervisors or co-worker? Are each solely responsible for the charge? Can liability be passed on to the employer or is it the sole responsibility of the supervisor/co-worker to pay?

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with new prohibited grounds of discrimination, the Canada Pension Plan and employment and labour standards.

 

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Preparing for the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada: What employers should know

On October 17, 2018, the federal government’s Cannabis Act comes into force, ushering in a new regulatory model for the possession and use of certain types of cannabis. At the same time, provincial governments will enact their own provincial cannabis statutes, such as Ontario’s Cannabis Act.

 

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“Cowboy” employer ordered to pay aggravated damages for bad faith termination

In a recent case titled Lalonde v. Sena Solid Waste Holdings Inc. 2017 ABQB 374, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench considered whether failing to hear an employee’s side of the story before dismissing him for cause could increase an employer’s liability.

 

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Granting intervener status in cases of sexual harassment – Victims can be more than just witnesses

In the recent Ontario Superior Court decision Render v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Master Andrew Graham found that an employee who claimed that a co-worker sexually harassed her could be granted intervener status at the co-worker’s trial for wrongful dismissal.

 

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Legal recreational marijuana: how can you address the workplace risks?

Legal recreational cannabis Canada

More than half of employers are concerned about how the legalization of recreational marijuana will affect their workplaces and the risks they may face, according to new research by the Conference Board of Canada.
What about you?

 

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Just cause for dismissal: context is key

Determining what conduct amounts to just cause for dismissal is no easy task. In part this is due to just cause being inherently situation specific. When describing what may constitute just cause, employment lawyers often refer to extreme examples: think of situations where a public-facing employee makes repeated racial slurs to a customer or commits […]

 

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Canadian companies should educate their employees prior to marijuana legalization

In order to minimize the risk of employees being barred from the United States, Canadian employers should educate their workforce on the above issues prior to (or soon after) October 17, 2018.

 

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Q&A: Is an employer responsible if employee drives home while high after using prescribed marijuana?

What duty does the employer have with regard to an employee using medical marijuana during the workday and then driving home after work? What if an accident occurs?

 

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To google or not to google? Candidate background checks

In the information age it’s usually relatively easy to find out all about someone by doing a simple Google search. The burning question of online daters, “do I google my date before the date?” applies equally to employers. Can, and should, an employer background check a candidate? If so when? And how deep can and should they go?

 

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