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Category: Occupational Health & Safety

Doug’s Top 10 Employment Law Stories of 2018

By , December 27, 2018 9:36 am

In 2018 there were many new developments in the employment law world. Here are my top 10 stories of the year: 1. Bill 148 Bit the Dust Ontario’s Employment Standards Act received its last major update in 2000. During the last three years, the Liberal provincial government consulted widely and introduced comprehensive changes to this Continue Reading…

Workplace Investigations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

By , December 11, 2018 10:17 am

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) imposes several obligations on employers to investigate complaints of workplace harassment.   When there is an incident or complaint of workplace harassment, OHSA requires the employer to conduct an investigation that is appropriate in the circumstances. An employer has a legal obligation to make the workplace safe so Continue Reading…

Arbitrator Finds Undue Hardship for Employer to Hire an Employee with a Medical Cannabis Prescription in a Safety-Sensitive Workplace

By , December 4, 2018 11:14 am

With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada, employers are increasingly worried about its impact on safety-sensitive workplaces. Even though medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, similar concerns continue to exist about how to accommodate an employee where they hold a safety-sensitive position. In a 2018 arbitration decision, Arbitrator Roil dealt Continue Reading…

Vicarious Liability – The Fallout from Festive Staff Parties

By , November 2, 2018 1:31 pm

With the legalization of cannabis behind us and holiday parties on the horizon, one question on employers’ minds is how to deal with cannabis use at staff parties. Vicarious Liability Employees need to be mindful of the doctrine of vicarious liability whereby employers are ultimately responsible for the actions and omissions of their employees in Continue Reading…

Cannabis Legalization: Behind the Smoke and Mirrors

By , October 17, 2018 9:44 am

Whether you’ve been looking forward to this day – October 17, 2018 – or whether you’ve been dreading it, the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada is officially here. Although employers have had over a year and a half to prepare for legalization, a recent Ipsos poll found that managers and employees are not on Continue Reading…

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