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Non-consensual sharing of intimate images grounds for summary dismissal

Can sharing intimate photos of one your coworkers with your friends result in the summary dismissal of your employment for cause?

 

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Wrongful dismissal update: Judge upholds just cause termination for a 30 year employee who touched a co-workers buttock

After a 10 day trial, an Ontario judge recently concluded that touching a female’s buttock in the presence of four witnesses, who had conflicting versions of what happened, was just cause for termination for an employee with 30 years’ service who had a clean disciplinary record.

 

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Fired because of race? Consider a human rights claim

In 2018, a group of eight Caucasian employees of the Spruce Hill Resort and Spa Ltd. (“the Resort”) in British Columbia made a complaint to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”), in which they alleged that they had been terminated from their employment because they were not Chinese. The Tribunal found that seven of the employees had been discriminated against on the basis of race and colour, and one employee had been discriminated against on the basis of sex.

 

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When #TimesUp goes on trial: Key Takeaways from a judge’s decision following a sexual harassment investigation

Although stories of workplace sexual harassment were pervasive as we closed the last decade, it was uncommon to see any of these cases make it all the way to trial. Early (and confidential) settlements with the accused are the norm, and trials are rare.

 

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Embracing the #MeToo movement

#MeToo has quickly caught wind as a widespread movement that sheds light on the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, particularly in the workplace. As a result of the movement, society’s attitudes towards workplace sexual harassment have started to change; but, has this impacted how courts and tribunals approach sexual harassment cases?

 

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Harassers, empty your pockets and pay up! Including personal financial accountability for harassment in employment contracts – key considerations

In January, Variety reported about the new position of John Lasseter, the former Pixar head of animation who was the subject of a workplace harassment complaints from Pixar staffers.

 

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What’s love got to do with it? Managing office romances

Happy stories of office relationships are not the ones that give Human Resource managers pause or make employment lawyers nervous. Instead, it’s the remaining portion of office romances that pose potential issues and liability for the employer, and the employees.

 

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Top five cases of importance to Ontario employment law – 2018 edition

2018 has been, compared to some other years, relatively quiet with respect to employment law jurisprudence. Sometimes that can be a good thing.

 

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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2018

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.

 

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Quebec employers: Are your harassment policies up to snuff?

Because of significant changes proposed to Quebec’s Act Respecting Labour Standards, employers need to ensure that their harassment policies now cover psychological and sexual harassment.

 

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No right to sue employer for sexual assault by co-worker: WSIAT

Can an employee sue her employer if she is the victim of sexual assault at work by a co-worker? The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal says no once again, “not if the employee is entitled to WSIB benefits.”

 

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30 tips for a reasonable workplace investigation

In Canada, a requirement to conduct a workplace investigation is triggered in case of harassment, sexual harassment or violence. What then is required of such a workplace investigation? In short, a “reasonable” investigation is required.

 

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(Don’t) Google it: practical lessons from the global walkout by Google’s employees

On November 1, 2018, thousands of Google employees from around the world – including in Canada – engaged in a coordinated walkout, leaving their respective offices to protest workplace harassment and inequality at the company.

 

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How are employers affected by Alberta’s increased protections against sexual and domestic violence?

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In protecting themselves against future liability, employers may find themselves stepping in line with the government, paving the way towards creating safe and respectful work environments within which employees’ conduct is held to a higher standard.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with eligibility for private health plans, salary increases in 2019 and sexual assault in the workplace.

 

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