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Dec 20, 2012

Ministry of Labour not required to Assist Employers with Compliance of Safety Orders, rules Ontario’s Labour Relations Board

The Ontario Labour Relations Board recently decided in Scholastic Book Fairs Canada Inc. v. Aguilar, 2012 CanLII 49789 (OLRB), that Ministry of Lab...

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Dec 6, 2012

By Mike MacLellan

Rarely-Used Penalty Invoked to Land Company Director in Jail for Unpaid Wages

If the Ministry of Labour gives you an Order, you had better comply. That’s the message employers should be taking from the example of Steven...

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Nov 29, 2012

By Rob Boswell

Holiday Parties and Workplace Accidents

With the holiday season upon us, and the likelihood that employers will be providing holiday lunches and off-site seasonal parties for their employ...

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Nov 22, 2012

By Kelsey Orth

Tips for your Office Holiday Party

How to Avoid Receiving your "Season's Greetings" on Legal Paper Everyone loves the office holiday party – a chance to relax and share some ti...

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Nov 15, 2012

By Mike MacLellan

Reasonable Requests for Medical Information NOT Harassment says Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

Accommodating an employee with medical limitations can be a difficult proposition for employers.  On one hand, an employer has a legal obligat...

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Nov 8, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Court Upholds Dismissal of Long Service Employee who Falsified Health Care Benefit Claims

The recent decision in Mykki Cavic v. Costco Wholesale Canada Limited confirms that serious breaches of trust, despite long service, will justify t...

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Nov 1, 2012

By Kelsey Orth

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario finds "Encouragement" to Retire Discriminatory

Recent economic difficulties and an overall corporate focus on “leaner” structures have Human Resources professionals looking more than...

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Oct 25, 2012

By Susan Crawford

We have a workplace harassment complaint against a supervisor. What do we do now?

While no two employers are alike, there are common workplace issues that arise for which the CCP team provides strategic legal advice. We have comp...

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Oct 19, 2012

Supreme Court of Canada Finds Reasonable Expectation of Privacy for Employees on Employer-Issued Technology

In our April 19, 2011 blog we addressed the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in R. v. Cole, a decision which provided some guidelines to em...

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Oct 18, 2012

UPDATE: Walmart Appeals (Ontario Jury Awards Constructively Dismissed Employee $1.15 Million in Punitive Damages)

In a recent post ,we reported on the largest punitive damages award ever handed down by a jury in Canadian employment law history in Higginson v. B...

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Oct 11, 2012

By Karen Fields

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - a new National Standard

In November 2012, it is expected that CSA Z1003/BNQ9700-803-5, a National Standard in Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, ...

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Oct 4, 2012

HIV in the Workplace: What you should know

Finding out that one of your employees has an HIV-related medical condition or that they are allegedly HIV-positive is likely to be an uneasy exper...

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Sep 27, 2012

By Mike MacLellan

Employer’s Unilateral Change to Bonus Structure can result in Wrongful Dismissal

It should be plain and obvious that an employer has the right to manage its business as it sees fit. That includes managing its employees as it se...

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Sep 20, 2012

B.C. Court of Appeal Confirms that Partnerships are not Separate Legal Entities – Denies Partner the ability to file Discrimination Suit

The B.C. Court of Appeal recently held in Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal) that a partnership cannot be tr...

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Sep 13, 2012

By Kelsey Orth

Negative influence leads to liability: Employer liable for LTD decision of insurer

We have previously written about the dangers of mishandling employee benefits in termination situations [view BLOG].  However, a rec...

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Sep 6, 2012

Do employers have a duty to accommodate employees with scent sensitivity?

Scent sensitivity is becoming a growing concern for employers. Employees with scent sensitivity may experience headaches, dizziness, loss of appeti...

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Aug 30, 2012

By Rob Boswell

When a workplace accident happens away from the workplace

A newspaper article in the Toronto Star on July 4, 2012 reviewed a recent decision of the Appeals Branch of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Boar...

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Aug 23, 2012

Employee sleeping on the job is reinstated as a result of lenient past practices and poorly drafted Disciplinary Policy

Cameco Corporation and United Steelworkers, Local 8562 (Grievance of Robert Davis)  should serve as a cautionary tale of what can happen if em...

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Aug 16, 2012

By Mike MacLellan

Getting Hung-Up on driving with Hand-Held Mobile Devices - Recent Court decision sheds light on when an offence is committed

On June 20, 2012 the Ontario Court of Justice rendered a decision that now defines what constitutes an offence under section 78.1 of Ontario’...

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Aug 9, 2012

AODA Update: Ontario Government recently publishes Integrated Accessibility Standards Guidelines that will impact Ontario Workplaces

The Ontario Government has recently released its “Guide to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations” (“IAS”) in J...

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