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The duty to accommodate mental disability: 5 practical tips to help employers mentally prepare

Employers aren’t expected to be experts in mental health or mental disability. Mental illness and the mental disability it can cause are complex medical issues, and there may be times when the employer needs to seek expert medical advice or guidance.

 

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2018 will be a pivotal year for employers and HR managers in Ontario – #LearnTheLatest

With most of the amendments of Bill 148 now in effect—along with significant updates to OHS and WCB provisions, the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, and more on the way—there are many substantial changes employers in Ontario have to deal with now and throughout 2018.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the Remembrance Day Bill enactment, the release of the 2017 sunshine list, and the federal cannabis regulation consultation feedback report.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a new online course on impairment and cannabis in the workplaces, accessibility standards for employment and a new WSIB guide and app for businesses.

 

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Leaders are persuasive rule-breakers

The hallmarks of senior leaders is not high scores in outgoingness or charisma, and leaders’ level of dependability and conscientiousness is not different from that of others. Instead, it’s the willingness to take action, bring others along, and remain open to new opportunities and better ways of doing things that make effective leaders.

 

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Sexual harassment and Valentine’s Day

Employers need to be aware of the sexual tensions at play in an office, or risk being held liable for failing to address a poisoned work environment. For example, if two co-workers had a relationship and then broke up, and one is now showing revealing photos of the other around the office, this likely creates a poisoned work environment for the depicted employee. Though a manager may be tempted to deem the matter personal, the employer has an obligation to protect the employee.

 

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Update regarding the Metron Construction case: Kazenelson’s appeal dismissed, 3.5-year sentence upheld

Over the past couple of years, I have written about the story regarding the project manager involved at the work site where Metron Construction Incorporated (Metron) was repairing 18-story apartment buildings using a swing stage. The charges arose from an incident where five workers employed by Metron fell more than 100 feet to the ground when the swing stage on which they were working suddenly collapsed. Some developments in this matter have occurred.

 

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Wal-Mart’s “deplorable” pre and post termination conduct results in a sizeable $750,000.00 moral and punitive damages award

Recently, in Galea v. Wal-Mart (2017 ONSC 245) the Ontario Superior Court released a decision in a wrongful termination matter involving a Wal-Mart Executive Gail Galea (“Galea”) and the “reprehensible” termination conduct of Wal-Mart. In addition to the usual wrongful termination damages such as salary, benefits, bonuses, etc., the Court awarded a whopping $750,000.00 in moral and punitive damages combined.

 

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Is the rule of law at risk in Ontario?

Rule of law

Recently I concluded that the rule of law no longer applies in many Ontario workplaces. The epiphany hit me when I was meeting with the Managing Director of a boutique law firm.

 

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Employee’s secret recording of meetings with management contributes to finding of just cause for dismissal

A recent decision from the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench supports that an employee’s use of his work phone to secretly record meetings with management may support an employer’s decision to terminate for just cause.

 

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Workplace organizational behaviour part II: Perception

Behaviour in the workplace is based on people’s perception of it. In this post, let’s examine how one’s perception influences productivity, absenteeism, turnover and job satisfaction.

 

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Ontario Bill 148 passed: A timeline of implementation

Ontario Bill 148 passed on November 22, 2017, enacting new employment and labour laws for the province. Employers will require assistance on when schedules in Bill 148 are being implemented.

 

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Bill 148 passes (but not before a few last-minute changes were made)

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Introduced on June 1, 2017 as a response to the Final Report of the Changing Workplaces Review, Bill 148 makes significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and most recently, the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

 

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The Wall: Tearing down a poisoned work environment

Although a similar CSI-style wall is unlikely to be recreated in a typical workplace, other examples of pervasive, non-specific harassment may arise. It is incumbent upon leaders at all levels in an organization not just to recognize harassment and potentially, a poisoned work environment, but to take steps to remedy the issues.

 

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How to create an organizational culture

In our fast paced and ever changing world it is also important to avoid being locked into a single culture in a manner that does not allow for change. The best culture is the best culture at this time, but that doesn’t mean it will be the best culture tomorrow.

 

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