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Category: Workplace Safety

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…

Don’t Let Cannabis Laws Leave You Dazed and Confused

By , July 17, 2018 11:03 am

In October, smoking or ingesting cannabis will be legal in Canada. Does your business have policies and procedures in place to handle this transition? The federal government has passed legislation that will make cannabis legal, giving the provinces power to control how it will be used and sold. This historic change is likely to lead Continue Reading…

Not Preventing Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Workplace is Now More Expensive

By , June 22, 2018 11:16 am

On average, damages awarded to an employee for a breach of the Human Rights Code, remain relatively low, typically $10,000 to $15,000. However, the HRTO recently released two significant decisions that reflect a willingness to award higher amounts. Both decisions involve sexual assault and sexual harassment against women in vulnerable circumstances. In both cases, the Continue Reading…

The Latest on the Legality of Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

By , February 20, 2018 9:18 am

In 2013, the issue of whether an employer can unilaterally implement random drug testing was addressed by the Supreme Court of Canada. Bottom line: there are very few instances when random drug testing will be permitted. This blog summarizes a recent arbitration award where a union challenged an employer’s random drug testing policy at a coal mine. Continue Reading…

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