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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 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 11, 2012

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 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 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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Jul 12, 2012

Should Employers insist that Employees take time to think before accepting Termination Packages?

The Superior Court of Justice has recently raised the standard to which employers are held when providing departing employees with a termination pa...

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Jun 28, 2012

Court of Appeal Rules that Employees are NOT Required to Mitigate Damages when an Employment Agreement Provides for a Specified Notice Period

It is well established in Ontario that employment agreements are assumed to include a clause providing for reasonable notice to an employee prior t...

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May 31, 2012

Heat Stress Plans

Along with summer and hot sunny days comes the potential for heat stress related injuries for those working outside or in facilities without air co...

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May 17, 2012

By Susan Crawford

The Value of “Refreshing” Employment Contracts Throughout the Employment Relationship

Most employers are well aware of the importance and value of employment contracts, particularly for the purpose of limiting the obligation to provi...

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May 8, 2012

Ministry of Labour's Summer Safety Blitzes to Focus on Young Workers

With the end of the school year comes the opportunity for students and young workers to earn money working in temporary and summer jobs.  Coin...

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Apr 26, 2012

Ontario Human Rights Commission: Requesting Facebook Passwords as Part of the Recruitment Process May be Discriminatory

In response to a growing trend of employers asking prospective employees for their login information for personal social media sites such as Twitte...

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Apr 12, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Mandatory WSIB Coverage for Independent Operators in Construction Industry

In 2008 the Ontario government introduced legislation (Bill 119, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2008) that would require all indepen...

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Apr 5, 2012

Slapping Co-Worker not Just Cause Where Employer Does not Train Employees on Workplace Violence Policies

An Ontario judge recently found that an employee was not dismissed for cause after he struck a co-worker in violation of the employer’s workp...

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Mar 29, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Hiring a Former Employee? Beware of the “Prior Service” Baggage

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia considered how to treat a break in an employee's service when determining entitlement to...

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