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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with presenteeism; fixed-term contract; and, changes to accessibility regulations.

 

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Court finds abandonment for failure to return to work or provide medical

Disability management is a challenging issue for HR professionals. An employee with a disability may require an extended absence from work due to their medical condition. Where an employer provides disability benefits, the employee will be required to show that they meet the definition of disability under the insurance policy, which will require the disclosure of medical information.

 

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OHRT rules the “flu” is not a “disability” attracting the protection of the Human Rights Code

As an employment law practitioner, it is refreshing to see any court and/or administrative tribunal release a decision that makes “common sense” (as well as legal sense). Recently, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal had to determine if the common flu and strep throat constituted disabilities under the Human Rights Code .

 

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Are open office spaces hurting workplace productivity?

More and more we’re seeing the modern workplace make the shift from a traditional, individualized office space design to something more open-concept and collaborative. Take a moment to Google a few innovative or up-and-coming companies in the communication or technology spheres. It’s very likely that one or more of these companies will offer a virtual tour of their office space for potential candidates, using words like “fun”, “innovative”, and “collaborative” to describe the working environment.

 

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Ashley Madison’s $20M employee lawsuit for workplace related injuries

Ashley Madison, the world’s leading website for married people seeking extramarital affairs, recently made headlines when a former employee sued the Canadian-based organization for $20-million for injuries sustained while creating fake profiles of women for the site. Doriana Silva was hired by Ashley Madison to help launch a Brazilian version of the dating site. Shortly […]

 

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WSIB making progress: The hard reality for employers

Elizabeth Witmer, who has held the position of WSIB chair for over a year now, recently reported that the WSIB has made significant progress in the quality of service it provides to Ontario workers and employers.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with expanding their disability management programs; a zero tolerance approach to a grievance arising from a case of sexual harassment and assault; and the Canada Pension Plan 2014 contribution rates,

 

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Do you still think that AODA is not your responsibility?

Companies all across Ontario are getting a big wake-up call from the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment when it comes to AODA compliance. The realization that this isn’t something that can just be dismissed is beginning to sink in.

 

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The importance of participating in a WSIB worker appeal

Ever had a worker appeal a decision from the WSIB? Did you decide to participate? What are the implications of not participating?

 

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Myths and misunderstandings regarding employees on leave

As more employees spend time on leaves of absence, employers seem to be struggling to understand their rights and obligations…

 

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There’s no need to fear the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

It’s true that Ontario’s businesses will incur extra costs to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). It’s true that you will have to change the way you operate, expending more time, money and effort—at least initially. So maybe you’re afraid of that. But consider that most people have no idea what not accommodating disability already costs Ontarians through taxes, health care and social services. The province is betting that the systemic and institutional changes in the AODA will actually reduce the burden on government and business by allowing the many Ontarians with mild to severe disabilities to participate in the labour market and economy.

 

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Woman suffered discrimination at work for disability

Elsa Torrejon was diagnosed in early 2009 with breast cancer. After telling her employer about her illness and requesting an indefinite leave to receive treatment for breast cancer, she found herself dismissed and fighting for her human rights.

 

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Workplace wellness programs: what are they all about?

Typically, wellness means “the condition of good physical and mental health”, but what is a “workplace wellness program”? What are the advantages of having this kind of program, and how does an employer start one up?

 

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Employees who hate working…a human rights issue?

An employee who hates working and being managed by his or her supervisor – Can this become a human rights issue in the workplace? Well it depends!

 

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Managing absenteeism – Learn the latest!

The third session at First Reference’s Ontario Employment Law Conference on June 2, 2010, covers managing absenteeism. When dealing with absenteeism, employers must respect the protected leaves under the Employment Standards Act, as well as the accommodation rules found under the Human Rights Code and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

 

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