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Privacy Commissioner of Canada creates draft guidance document outlining inappropriate data practices and no-go zones

On September 28, 2017, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada created a draft guidance document providing clarification on inappropriate data practices, specifically focusing on subsection 5(3) of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). This provision is entitled, “Appropriate purposes”, and states that, “an organization may collect, use or disclose personal information only for purposes that a reasonable person would consider are appropriate in the circumstances”.


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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most popular HRinfodesk articles this week deal with end of the year 2012 and what’s new for payroll 2013, a pension plan member passes away with two spouses, and a breach of confidentiality in a settlement agreement.


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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

How not to fire an employee The recent decision in Drake v. Blach in the Ontario Superior Court provides a good example of how not to go about firing an employee. (In PDF) Charity runs afoul of Canada Revenue Agency Deciding to retain a contractor rather than an employee can be the right decision depending […]


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Take access to information requests seriously

I recently read a case coming out of the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner dealing with an access to information request. Though this was a case dealing with a public body, the principle applies to any information request: there was simply no reason to deny the disclosure of information.


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Employers discussing employee medical condition with other employees

In general, an employer, manager, supervisor or HR professional discussing an employee’s medical condition with other employees is just plain inappropriate…


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Upcoming Ontario employment law related changes

On October 5, 2010, the Ontario government introduced Bill 110, the Good Government Act, 2010, an omnibus bill that, if passed, would amend various pieces of legislation, including the Employment Standards Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. The changes include general housekeeping measures, as well as some technical improvements and modernization measures. Specifically, regarding the employment law related changes, schedule 7 of Bill 110 makes the following key changes…


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Employees with disabilities: disclosure v. privacy

One of the most difficult decisions employees or applicants have to make is to decide whether to inform their employer of their non-obvious disabilities. Why?


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