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How to Avoid Costly Legal Action Caused by Co-worker(s) Harassment

There has always been a clear understanding that employers are held responsible for the actions of their managers and supervisors in matters concerning harassment in the workplace. Whether an employer knew that there was harassment going or not, if they do not take action upon learning of the complaint, they …

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30 Second HR: 5 Things to Know about Bill 168

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5 Things to Know about Bill 168

You might not have heard about Bill 168 yet, but businesses in Ontario will be hearing a lot about this amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 2010.  The Bill, which just received Royal Assent and will go into law on June 15th, defines and addresses workplace violence …

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Employers and the Cellphone Ban: Who pays for the fine?

The cellphone ban has been in effect in Ontario for little over a month now, and maybe its just me but I’ve had a lot less road rage.  Drivers seem to be more attentive, and those chatting on their cellphones sure are getting a lot of dirty looks – this …

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Employment Accessibility Standard Coming to Ontario

The recently released Final Proposed Employment Accessibility Standard for the AODA will have a significant impact on every employer in Ontario. The goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025, to be achieved by “developing, implementing …

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The Rules for Wrongful Dismissal Claims are Changing

Over the past few years I’ve read many articles regarding the inability of the average person to receive justice in the Canadian Courts due to the tremendous expense and risks associated with actually pursuing legal action; regardless of the merits of the case.  This is no less a factor in …

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Employer's 5 Responses to Ontario's Cell Phone Ban

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve heard about the upcoming ban on using cell phones and other mobile devices while driving on October 26, 2009.  I’m going to assume you know about the new law and all the fines you can get hit with, and instead focus on …

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Workplace Violence – Bill 168: New Legislation May be Coming Soon

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES BILL 168 (The Occupational Health & Safety Amendment Act) On April 20, 2009, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace), 2009. If passed, Bill 168 would impose new obligations on employers in respect to harassment and …

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