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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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Accommodation of medical marijuana

The right to accommodation, and the widespread acceptance of medical marijuana, does not mean that employees have a right to use marijuana at work. Safety considerations will be taken into account and although zero tolerance policies will not be automatically enforced, they will be enforced when appropriate.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with police record checks, the notice period in termination clauses and new pay transparency legislation in Ontario.

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What are the “exceptions” to the equal pay provisions of the Employment Standards Act

The Ministry of Labour has updated its Policy Statement on Equal Pay for Equal work which can be found on its website and which forms the foundation of this article.

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What will the provincial election mean for labour and employment law?

With the Ontario provincial election looming, the three major political parties are on very different paths with their plans for for labour and employment law. The Liberals seem to be aiming to maintain the status quo. The Progressive Conservatives are aiming to freeze minimum wage and the New Democratic Party has plans for sweeping changes to both the labour and employment law regimes.

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Why employers shouldn’t use severance calculators

Determining the period of reasonable notice is an art not a science. In each case trial judges must weigh and balance a catalogue of relevant factors.

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Proposed changes to the Quebec Act respecting labour standards: What employers need to know

On March 20, the Quebec Minister of Labour introduced Bill 176, amending the Act respecting Labour Standards (the “LSA”). The Bill proposes sweeping changes to the LSA.

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New compensation rules will affect all Ontario employers

Before the Ontario legislature closed for business pending the outcome of the June 7 election, Ontario enacted Bill 3, which imposes new obligations on employers relating to the hiring process and the reporting of workplace compensation. Bill 3 presents new risks but also opportunities for all employers in the province.

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The double “financial” jeopardy of HRTO damages against the employer

An employer named in a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Application, if decided against, may be responsible for both wage loss and most likely general damages.

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A rollback on calculation of holiday pay for Ontario employees

It will be interesting to see if there will be any other revocations or changes to the new provisions of the ESA depending on feedback from employees and employers. To date, only the calculation of public holiday pay has been temporarily rolled back.

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Victoria Day, public (statutory) holiday in Canada

public holiday on non-working day

In Canada, Monday, May 21, 2018 is recognized as a public (statutory) holiday known as Victoria Day, except in the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). In Quebec, the public holiday is referred to as National Patriots’ Day (Journée nationale des patriotes).

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The 9 top workplace posting requirements every Ontario employer must know – with the latest requirements

Employers in Ontario have to post a lot more than just the Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards Poster in their workplaces. You may be required to have 30 or more documents and posters displayed in a location (or locations) where all your employees can see them. Employers may have posting responsibilities under the following Acts: […]

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with police record checks, public holiday calculation and the Ministry of Labour’s update to the workplace health and safety guide.

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What’s old is new again (for now): Ontario government to review public holiday pay calculations and temporarily reinstate “old” formula effective July 1, 2018

Since the “old” Public Holiday Pay formula will not be reinstated until July 1, 2018, it’s important for employers to ensure they make the appropriate changes to their public holiday pay calculations at the right time.

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Requirements for conducting a workplace harassment investigation: lessons from the Green Party

Any allegation of harassment in the workplace needs to be taken seriously. Not the least of which, employers should be mindful of the statutory duty to conduct a related investigation.

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