First Reference company logo

First Reference Talks

News and Discussions on Payroll, HR & Employment Law

decorative image

privacy breach

Secretly recorded conversations – the collision of “technification” and mistrust in the workplace

While I would never have been able to predict at the time I started practicing employment law that I’d be writing about and advising clients on the risks associated with secret recordings in the workplace, it is a reality that is now a regular part of the modern workplace.


, , , , , , , , , ,

Digital Privacy Act is now law

The Digital Privacy Act (Bill S-4) passed into law, introducing (among other things) significant fines and mandatory breach notification (not yet in force) into the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).


, , , , , , , , , ,

Health minister announces changes coming to PHIPA in Ontario

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced in a news release that it intends to introduce amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) to strengthen PHIPA and protect patient privacy.


, , , , , , , ,

Customer privacy policies and employee handling of customer personal information

A weekend Toronto Star article reported that employees at the Canada Revenue Agency are improperly reviewing the private financial affairs of taxpayers. Some are using agency computers to give favoured treatment to colleagues, friends, family—and themselves…


, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,