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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, […]


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 […]


Managing Attendance & Absenteeism: Hangout with Rudner MacDonald

Stuart takes questions on managing attendance and absenteeism in the workplace. Most employers want to flexible, but it can be hard to run a business when you don’t know who will show up for work. Do you have to give employees paid sick days? Can you require doctor’s notes? This and more, in this session. Click to share on Twitter […]


Managing Attendance and Absenteeism

Managing attendance and absenteeism in the workplace is one of the most difficult issues for employers. Some common questions are: Are employees entitled to “sick days”? Can employers require medical notes? What steps can employers take to manage attendance? Can excessive absenteeism be grounds for dismissal? This is another example of the ongoing balancing act between the rights of individuals […]


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: It’s the Final Countdown… AODA Compliance Deadline on January 1

Are you a small organization in the private or non-profit sector? Then you have a deadline this New Year’s Eve to comply with the Employment Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”). In addition, organizations with more than 20 employees will need to file an online compliance report with the government confirming their continued compliance with the AODA. Failure to […]


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)


Accommodating Marijuana

As I discuss in my recent Canadian HR Law Blog post, with growing medical evidence, evolving societal views, and amended legislation, it is inevitable that we will see more widespread use of medicinal marijuana, and that this will have an increasingly significant impact on the workplace. Already, anecdotes of individuals seeking accommodation for the use of medicinal marijuana are increasing […]


The Investigation Saga Continues

Sometimes I feel like a broken record (if you are old enough to know what that means), as I continue to tell our clients and anyone else who will listen that Investigations have become a key aspect of HR and HR Law, and Failing to investigate properly will expose organizations to substantial legal liability and bad PR. Two and a […]


Curbing the Email Epidemic

Technology has connected the world, and completely changed the way we work. Along with providing a number of useful tools to make things easier, the dawn of the email age has provided an avenue for people to be “connected” at all times. Having access to email on smartphones, while handy, is often accompanied by the temptation to be available 24/7, […]



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