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Weed in the Workplace: Accommodating Without Getting Burned

This article originally appeared in The Lawyer’s Daily. With medical recognition of marijuana as medication, growing social acceptance of the recreational use of marijuana in the same manner as alcohol, and our federal government’s stated intention to legalize recreational usage, there is no doubt that we will be seeing more issues relating to marijuana in the workplace. In that regard, […]


Restrictive Covenants: What Did I Agree To?!

Imagine that you have been the loyal and dedicated employee of the same employer for many years. After receiving a lucrative job offer from another company, you are able to make arrangements to part ways with your current employer amicably. Several months later, a client of your former employer approaches you and tells you that they are no longer happy […]


Don’t Accept a Resignation Too Quickly

Imagine that you find yourself in a heated argument with one of your employees and, having apparently had enough, the employee announced that he is fed up enough and is done with the company. He then handed you his pass card and stormed out of the office. Can you proceed on the basis that he has resigned? Now imagine that […]


Automating HR

As discussed in my recent Canadian HR Law Blog post, I spent most of the week of March 27 at the 2017 IHRIM conference. For those unfamiliar with the event, IHRIM stands for the International HR Information Management Association. I became a member of this organization about a decade ago, and am now a proud member of the board of […]


Preparing for Mediation

As I discussed in a recent Canadian HR Law post, when it comes to mediation, one thing that interests me is the different ways that parties and their lawyers prepare (or don’t prepare) for mediation. The failure to prepare properly is often the difference between a successful mediation and an unsuccessful one. Good mediators are highly skilled at assisting parties […]


Substituted Service and Social Media

Over the last 10 years, social media has woven itself into the fabric of society and its effect on employment law cannot be ignored. Within the world of HR, social media usually arises in contexts including: the interview process; off-duty conduct and termination, as images can be shared in real-time and go viral (a topic which has been written about […]


Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Drug Testing and Whistleblower Protection

In this edition of The Latest Chapter we discuss the Ontario Superior Court’s decision to deny an injunction against instituting random drug and alcohol testing at the TTC in Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113 v Toronto Transit Commission and whether this decision will have broader implications with respect to random testing. We also discuss recent changes to the Courts of […]


How to Enforce Your Employment Rights & What Happens if There is Reprisal

The majority of employees in this province are subject to employment laws such as the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”), and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) which have enshrined various rights of employees, and obligations of employers.  Some of the employment law rights and duties which repeatedly come up […]


Rudner MacDonald in the Classroom

Employment law is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly complex. As we often say, every decision must be assessed with consideration of some or all of: Employment Standards Human Rights Occupational Health & Safety Privacy Common Law Tax Law HR Professionals, and all those tasked with HR issues, are now expected to be “part-time lawyers” in order to do their job […]


Reading the Fine Print

Imagine the scene: one day, just like any other, you’re sitting at your desk planning to pack up and head home soon when you are unexpectedly called into a meeting in the boardroom. You enter the boardroom to find your manager and the head of Human Resources sitting around the table. You’ve been around long enough to know what’s happening, […]


Latest Chapter In Employment Law: Potentially Dramatic Changes To Employment Legislation And Another Court Of Appeal Decision On Termination Clauses

In this edition of The Latest Chapter, we discuss the Changing Workplaces Review, which could trigger the most significant reforms to Ontario’s employment and labour law statutes in decades. We also note the Ontario Court of Appeal’s latest decision in Wood v Deeley, which could significantly impact how employment agreements and termination provisions are drafted and enforced in Ontario. The […]



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