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DHS commences pilot project to collect DNA from certain travellers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced a pilot project to collect DNA samples from certain travellers, which commenced on January 6, 2020. This announcement has prompted questions from Canadians (and other foreign nationals), who are concerned that they may be required to provide a sample of their DNA when travelling to the United States.

 

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Are changes to Canada’s Privacy Law landscape on the horizon?

It looks like 2020 might be the year where Canada catches up in the realm of privacy and data protection laws. These will likely have a ripple effect throughout the workplace.

 

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Managing and addressing workplace developments caused by the spread of Coronavirus

Many employers are starting to ask questions about the legal framework within which they can prepare, manage and address developments and potential issues caused by the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

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Happy Data Privacy Day!

January 28, 2020, was a time to celebrate Data Privacy Day. Or, if you are in Europe, it is called, Data Protection Day. What is Data Privacy Day?

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with disability discrimination, data privacy and regulating vaping in Canada.

 

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2019-2020 federal government departmental mandates of interest to employers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released the mandate letters for each of the 37 cabinet Ministers of his minority Liberal government.

 

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada releases its annual report

On December 10, 2019, the Privacy Commissioner Canada released its Annual 2018–2019 Report to Parliament on the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

 

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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2019

This year on the First Reference Talks blog, we’ve been covering some of the hot topics in employment and labour law and employee management. Making the list this year are blog posts on the topic of termination (again), on breaching confidentiality, privacy and the duty to accommodate among others.

 

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Love at work: considerations for employers in managing office romances

Office romances are nothing new. Many people have, and will likely continue, to meet their partners at work. In recent months, however, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, office relationships have become something of a hot topic.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with 2020 payroll rates, compensation and disability accommodation, and a case of sexual harassment.

 

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Case involving voyeuristic teacher leads to clarification of law relating to private vs. ‎public places and provides valuable lesson for employers

On August 27th, 2019 former Ontario school teacher Ryan Jarvis was sentenced to six months in jail and 12 months’ probation after the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) convicted him of voyeurism earlier this year.

 

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The holiday party and workplace policies

The holiday season is fast approaching and organizations are planning their annual Christmas or holiday parties. The increased recognition that alcohol consumption at organization-sponsored events creates significant legal liability has had an impact on that traditional institution. And now, with the legalization of cannabis and the #metoo movement, added legal liabilities come into play.

 

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Joint investigation by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia – BC company failed to comply with privacy laws

A recent report concluded that AIQ, a British Columbia company, failed to meet its obligations under Canadian privacy laws when it used and disclosed the personal information of millions of voters in British Columbia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

 

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Post-#MeToo: Confidentiality restrictions may go the way of the dodo

An NDA is a non-disclosure agreement. It is a restriction on a person’s ability to share, post or use certain information or documents. The subject matter of an NDA is usually set out in writing, but there are some implicit, common law restrictions on disclosing another individual’s or entity’s confidential or proprietary information and documents.

 

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Mandatory data breach reporting – a message from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

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On October 31, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada shared what has been learned and what businesses need to know with respect to mandatory data breach reporting under Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

 

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