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Category Archives: Drugs and Alcohol

The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Bill 148 and The Tort of Harassment

Bill 148 Brings Big and Not So Big Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 In May the Changing Workplaces Review released its long-awaited Final Report, the culmination of two years of work spearheaded by special advisors C. Michael Mitchell and Retired Justice John H. Murray. This report suggested sweeping changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA), including […]


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, […]


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 […]


Conference Board of Canada: Medical marijuana in the workplace

Stuart’s presentation for a Conference Board of Canada webinar on medical marijuana in the workplace – managing challenges without going up in smoke. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)


How to Respond to Requests for Accommodation

The workplace is no longer what it used to be, and the circumstances that an employer must accommodate continue to expand. Be it childcare arrangements, medicinal marijuana, or transgender accommodation, human rights continue to impact the workplace. Employers expose themselves to significant liability if they fail to respond to these requests appropriately. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of dismissing unusual requests […]


Global Toronto: Five Things You Should Never Do at the Office Holiday Party

Natalie appears on the Global Toronto Morning Show to discuss best practices when attending or hosting a company holiday party. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)


Drug Testing in the Workplace – An Update

Nobody likes tests. I remember school days when pop quizzes always meant wondering if you remembered everything, or whether what the teacher taught that day you were sick would be on the questions she asked. In today’s workplace, tests are still looked upon as something you wish you could just skip, or avoid altogether. As the firm’s latest First Reference […]


Accommodating Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, Part 2

My latest Canadian HR Law blog was posted live from Moncton, N.B., where I was recently part of the Medavie Blue Cross Benefits3 Conference. The organizers kindly invited me to speak on the issue of accommodation of medical marijuana in the workplace. I enjoyed the conference, as well as the numerous questions that I received and discussions that I engaged in […]


Presentation – Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

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 Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Join us for a LinkedIn Q&A on this topic on Thursday, Oct. 1st at 11am EST. Canadian law has long recognized the medicinal value of marijuana, which has been used as a treatment option for a large variety of conditions including chronic pain, arthritis, cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and more. Recently a number of developments in the law have changed how […]


Holidays in the Workplace

In my latest Canadian HR Law Blog post, I discuss the myriad of issues that can arise in the workplace during the upcoming holiday season. These include discrimination, drinking and driving, harassment, among other concerns. Generally speaking, holidays and holiday parties can be an opportunity to improve worker morale, or they can have the opposite effect if not handled properly, […]



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