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Category Archives: Occupational Health and Safety

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 […]


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)


Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2016

One might think that by the year 2017, employment law would be settled and there would be few, if any, issues that are unpredictable or where the law is “open to interpretation”. That would be wishful thinking; 2016 included its share of new developments, surprising court decisions, and significant legislative developments. The reality is that as social attitudes evolve, the […]


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Bill 26 Proposes Statutorily-protected Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave

The Ontario provincial government continues its recognition of the impact of domestic violence on the workplace with Bill 26, which proposes amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Previous developments Bill 168, which came into force on June 15, 2010 as an amendment to the OHSA, established a requirement that employers […]


Beware of Summary Dismissal without Investigating First

As I said in my March 16, 2016 Canadian HR Reporter post, “Much has been written about the expanding role of investigations within the context of human resources and employment law. As has been expressed on many occasions (here and here for example), courts expect that workplace investigations will be conducted thoroughly, fairly and expeditiously.” A recent Canadian HR Reporter post reaffirms […]


The Ministry of Labour Provides Additional Details on Bill 132

On August 12, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Labour published its “Code of Practice to Address Workplace Harassment under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act” (the “Code”). Given the rapidly approaching date upon which Bill 132 comes into force, and its extensive requirements, this guide to Bill 132 from the Ministry was anxiously awaited. The Code provides some helpful guidance […]


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 […]


Ending Discriminatory Dress Codes

My favourite part about the intersection between Employment and Human Rights Law is its dynamism. It is constantly evolving to respond to new challenges – or perhaps more accurately, respond to the important challenges that we may be overlooking. This is exemplified in the increasing debate over gender based discrimination arising from workplace dress codes. In the past, human rights […]


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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