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Cannabis legalization: Behind the smoke and mirrors

Whether you were looking forward to October 17, 2018 or whether you were dreading it, the recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Canada.

 

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

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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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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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Weed at work: What are your rights?

The law on marijuana is changing. However, employers who prepare themselves for the legalization of recreational marijuana should not be overly anxious. Of course, if preparation does not help calm your nerves, there will be a new (legal) way to mellow out come October.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with marijuana in the workplace, unpaid wages and employment insurance premium and reduction rates.

 

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Update regarding the sale of cannabis in Ontario

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Employers need to become aware of recent developments to the sale of cannabis rules and should note that Ontarians will only be allowed to use recreational cannabis in a private residence, including the outdoor space of a home. Recreational cannabis use will not be allowed in any public spaces, workplaces or motorized vehicles.

 

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Managing marijuana in the workplace

The Tribunal’s helpful statement in this case that an employee does not have an absolute right to use marijuana in the workplace and that it would be unreasonable to expect an employer to formally test an employee to determine the level of impairment before it could raise health and safety concerns should provide employers with some reassurance.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with social insurance numbers, Bill C-46 and scent-free policies in the workplace.

 

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Q&A: Medical marijuana inquiry during hiring or screening process

Can we ask during the hiring and screening process if a potential employee is using medical marijuana for a position that requires driving or that is a safety sensitive position?

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with changes to personal income tax in Ontario, the legalization of cannabis and its effect on the workplace and a decision in a case of termination of an employee following a workplace harassment complaint.

 

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Ontario employment law update: Mid-year report

Much has changed in recent weeks. The Liberal party has been replaced by the PC party as the governing party in Ontario, recreational-use cannabis will become legal on October 17, 2018, more employment standards inspectors have been hired and trained and are now conducting workplace inspections to ensure that employers are complying with Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, and there’s more.

 

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Sober, safe and productive workplaces: Managing the legalization of recreational marijuana

The pending legalization of recreational marijuana has raised concerns for employers as to how legalization may impact their workplaces and what steps may be taken to protect staff, ensure safety and avoid loss of productivity.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the bill that will legalize marijuana and the new smoke-free rules related to cannabis, as well as a successful challenge to the right to terminate group benefits for employees aged 65 and older.

 

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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, public holiday calculation and the Ministry of Labour’s update to the workplace health and safety guide.

 

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