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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

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What employers should consider when it comes to employee absences

We previously reported that in 2011 alone, presenteeism, absenteeism and turnover cost businesses more than $6 billion in lost productivity, according to a study by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. According to data released recently by Statistics Canada, the issue of absenteeism has not seemed to go away.

Arbitration board finds regular medical marijuana used wrongfully held out of safety-sensitive position for four years

Most people would be concerned if a person operating heavy road maintenance equipment in a large city was also a regular medical marijuana consumer, entitled by permit to consume a significant amount of marijuana on a daily basis. In responding to this concern, a large municipal employer removed a long service employee from the workplace, citing concerns over public safety. The employee challenged the removal, alleging discrimination on the basis of disability. (In PDF)

Q: What is the provincial standard for training employees on Bill 132? Is it a full course or simply a review of the policy and reporting process?

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Cristina Lavecchia

Cristina is an editor and researcher at First Reference. She is a licensed paralegal and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science major at York University. During Cristina's paralegal and undergraduate studies she studied employment standards, occupational health and safety, and workplace safety and insurance. Read more

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