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Category: Human Resource Policies

The Number of Workplace Investigations are Skyrocketing: Here’s Why

By , November 22, 2016 9:24 am

There are different types of workplace investigations and the number of workplace investigations is skyrocketing. This blog discusses four scenarios where workplace investigations are required or recommended. To reduce legal exposure and save costs, I believe most employers should acquire the internal expertise to conduct workplace investigations Workplace Harassment Complaints Under the Ontario Health & Continue Reading…

Why Employers Are Finding It Increasingly Difficult to Comply with Ontario’s Employment Laws

By , November 8, 2016 9:20 am

Lawyers as Forest Rangers You can compare employment lawyers to forest rangers. We prevent legal fires when we, for example, draft employment contracts & legally required policies, and when we provide prophylactic advice such as pre-termination advice. We put out legal fires when we, for example, defend wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, and claims Continue Reading…

Investigating Workplace Harassment Complaints: Get Ready for Changes to the OHSA

By , July 26, 2016 7:20 am

“Bob is harassing me.” Your spidey senses should be tingling. Because some kind of investigation should be taking place soon. If not, consider what happened when an employee at CBC complained about Jian Ghomeshi and was ignored or when an employee at the TO2015 Pan American games complained about David Peterson and her complaint was Continue Reading…

How to Get Away with Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

By , May 5, 2016 9:00 am

The federal government has announced that there will be marijuana legislation in place by next spring, which should fulfill a campaign promise to legalize marijuana. Marijuana would no longer only be legal for medicinal purposes, but also recreationally. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said that “[w]hile this plan challenges the status quo in many Continue Reading…

New Law Requires Employers to Investigate Sexual Harassment Complaints. Has Your Organization Complied with This Law?

By , March 22, 2016 9:39 am

By September 8, 2016 – less than 6 months from now – Ontario employers must comply with Schedule 4 of the recently proclaimed Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015, which imposes new requirements on how employers deal with sexual harassment complaints. Schedule 4, among other things, Continue Reading…

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