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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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5 questions regarding PIPEDA’s mandatory breach reporting – What human resources professionals need to know

This blog answers 5 key questions employers have with respect to the new mandatory breach reporting requirements under PIPEDA.

 

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New rules regarding police record checks: Employers take note

On November 1, 2018, Bill 113, Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 will come into effect in Ontario. Employers should take steps now to ensure that their police record checks policy and procedures are in compliance with the new standardized procedure.

 

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada seeks feedback on breach reporting guidance

On September 17, 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Privacy Commissioner) invited stakeholders to provide feedback on a draft guidance and draft breach reporting form entitled What you need to know about mandatory reporting of breaches of security safeguards by October 2, 2018.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that clarified the limitation period for a wrongful dismissal claim starts as soon as working notice is provided, the Morneau Shepell survey which shows employers in Canada are expecting salaries to increase by an average of 2.6 percent in 2019, and guidelines on obtaining meaningful consent.

 

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Q&A: Suspected use of marijuana in the workplace

With medicinal marijuana already being prescribed by doctors and the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana just around the corner, this question addresses a real concern shared by many employers across Canada.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with jury pay, the EU’s new GDPR and a study of wages for people up to the age of 40.

 

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides guidance on meaningful consent

Obtaining meaningful consent represents a significant responsibility, and the Privacy Commissioner has created a checklist to assist organizations in achieving compliance.

 

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides guidance on inappropriate data practices

The Privacy Commissioner has outlined several “No-Go Zones”, and organizations are recommended to avoid collection, use and disclosure of personal information for these inappropriate purposes.

 

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018 – what does this mean for Canadian organizations?

When determining whether the GDPR applies to our organization, it is important to ask questions such as, “Do I have an establishment in the EU?”, “Do I offer goods or services to individuals in the EU?”, and “Do I monitor the behaviour of individuals in the EU?”

 

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Social media and recruitment

Social media is now a part of our lives, including our work lives. While it can be an important tool, employers need to use their good judgment and use it wisely.

 

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Proposed personal information protection in Ontario

The new proposed Bill 14 would apply to every “organization”, which is defined as including persons, unincorporated associations and other organizations but does not include certain individuals, public bodies (some of which include the government, a municipality, or a municipal board of Ontario) and Ontario courts.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with pay transparency legislation, the taxability of employee discounts and privacy during the hiring process.

 

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Update on random drug testing in the workplace

It’s clear that in unionized environments the invasion of privacy imposed by random drug and alcohol testing will not be taken lying down. The drug and alcohol testing landscape is likely to get more complicated with the legalization of marijuana.

 

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Recent report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Employers who are governed by PIPEDA are recommended to remain informed on these issues because some of the above-mentioned recommendations may become part of future legislative and policy initiatives.

 

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