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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with safety inspection blitzes in Ontario, changes to the Ontario WSIA and Manitoba’s minimum wage.

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Ontario court overturns just cause dismissal and awards over $97,000 in damages

It is acknowledged by the courts that a just cause dismissal in employment law is tantamount to “capital punishment in the criminal justice system.” While just cause dismissal does require that a high threshold first be established, it will, in certain circumstances be an appropriate and necessary response.

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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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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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Employer alert: Payroll costs in Ontario went up (again) on April 1, 2018.

Since April 1, 2018 Ontario employers have been required to pay temporary help agency workers and casual & part-time employers the same rate of pay as full-time employers performing substantially the same work unless an exemption applies.

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Recent updates on the legalization of marijuana

Employers may prohibit the use of recreational marijuana at work or during working hours and may also prohibit employees from attending work while impaired. Workplace rules regarding non-medical use of marijuana may be enforced through the application of the employer’s substance abuse and progressive discipline policies. Find out how.

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What happens to employment contracts when an employer sells the assets of its business?

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has confirmed that in an asset sale, a purchaser’s offer of employment to a seller’s employee can constitute consideration for changes in an employment contract — including a new termination clause.

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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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The Supreme Court of Canada interprets workplace discrimination broadly

In British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the scope of section 13(1) of BC’s Human Rights Code, which concerns discrimination “regarding employment or any term or condition of employment.”

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Remembrance Day as a national legal holiday enacted

At present, provinces and territories determine which days are public holidays. Remembrance Day is recognized as a statutory holiday for federally regulated workers under the Canada Labour Code.

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Improving accessibility standards for employment

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The Ontario government is updating the accessibility standards for employment to make employment more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Good Friday, Easter and Passover in 2018

Good Friday, observed on March 30 this year, is a statutory (public) holiday recognized across Canada. Depending on the jurisdiction, most employees are entitled to a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with providing a T4A to independent contractors, the equal pay for equal work coming into force date of April 1 and the Alberta OHS regulations consultation.

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Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario: the “Code” matters, not social norms

Although there may be social norms at play, a business owner would do well to continue to update and implement workplace and human rights policies on an ongoing basis, otherwise, they may be liable for any breach of the “Code”, whether intended or otherwise.

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Startup employment contracts

Canadian startups and any company for that matter should have an employment contract for all new hires. An employment contract helps both parties understand the employment relationship, protects the start up in the event of the termination of employees and it can also serve as a useful mechanism to attract good employees.

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