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Employer failed to take appropriate steps to prevent harassment of employee under OHSA

An Alberta labour arbitrator just decided that an employer failed to take the appropriate steps in preventing harassment of an employee by her co-workers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Although the employer was found to have failed to protect the employee from harassment, no additional relief against the employer was necessary given that the employee who was harassed was ultimately the author of her own fate.

Probation meant as an opportunity to demonstrate skills

I sometimes refer to the probation period as the Rodney Dangerfield of employment law (for those of you not old enough to know, that means it gets no respect). But few legal mechanisms can be more effective in getting employers out of employment relationships which seemingly have no future. But probation periods don’t just happen by magic. The employer must take certain steps to ensure it has gained the benefit of a probation period. (In PDF)

Failure to accommodate employee leads to significant damage award and reinstatement after nine years

On February 17, 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal issued a decision finding that an employer had violated the Human Rights Code by failing to accommodate an employee with a disability. The case of discrimination in this case took place in 2004, but it was only on March 14, 2013, that the tribunal issued a remedial order arising from that discrimination and had to also deal with a jurisdictional challenge.

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Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 18 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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