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Political protests at work tricky terrain for employers

Employers must tread a fine line when disciplining an employee for political protests or expressions, Markham, Ont.-based employment lawyer  Laura Williams  writes in ... Read more

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Koster to offer insights on workplace investigations

Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse specialist  Denise Koster  will review best practices for conducting thorough, unbiased and comprehensive workplace ... Read more

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#MeToo movement can be quick to judgment

The #MeToo movement has been instrumental in bringing to light numerous instances of sexual abuse and harassment that might not otherwise have been reported, says Toronto ... Read more

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N.S. appeal court 'vindicates' cardiologist

A recent finding from the highest court in Nova Scotia "completely vindicates" a Halifax cardiologist who successfully sued the former Capital District Health Authority after her ... Read more

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‘In accordance with ESA’ not good enough to oust reasonable notice

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the Court of Appeal of Alberta dealt with a clause that said that upon termination the employee would only receive the notice “in ... Read more

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Pre-litigation mediation an underappreciated tool

Early mediation can save parties the hassle and expense of a trip to court, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator  Kumail Karimjee tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Blind selection versus quotas to promote diversity

A proposed amendment that would require companies to set internal targets to increase under-represented groups on boards of directors raises a much bigger issue around how to ... Read more

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Officer’s discipline could discourage other complaints

A Toronto Police Service decision to dock a female officer eight hours’ pay for being part of sexually explicit online group chats will discourage other officers from ... Read more

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Inquiry to probe systemic issues in care facilities

One of the most agonizing decisions people face is admitting a family member into a long-term care facility, Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant  Denise ... Read more

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Due process vital for claims of workplace sexual harassment

The rapid-fire pace of social media posts around the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought changes around workplace sexual harassment, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator ... Read more

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New legislation will make it easier to organize unions

New legislation giving trade unions access to employee contact information will make it easier for them to organize bargaining units, says Vaughan labour and employment ... Read more

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OHSA penalties, chronic mental stress benefit transition provisions

By Laura Williams On Dec. 14, 2017, Bill 177, the  Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017  received Royal Assent and became law in Ontario. Bill ... Read more

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Koster has seen it all during three decades in workplace violence

Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant  Denise Koster , has been gripped by the ongoing harassment and sex assault scandals spreading across the entertainment ... Read more

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Decisions on termination clauses inconsistent: MacLeod

Ontario courts need to provide more clarity when examining the language in termination clauses so employees and employers can get a better idea of what will be enforced and what ... Read more

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Decision wrongly links punitive and moral damages to income

A record award in favour of a fired executive sends the wrong message about punitive and moral damages, Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator  Barry B. Fisher ... Read more

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Budding office romances can create thorny issues for employers

Office romances may be more common and less taboo than in the past, but they pose multiple risks and the lines between personal and professional interaction need to be clear, ... Read more

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No bans necessary on office romances

Even in the #MeToo era, employers should steer clear of bans on office romance, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com . Rudner, ... Read more

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To settle or not to settle: that is the question

Deciding when to settle and when to litigate hinges on a client's unique circumstances, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar . “To settle ... Read more

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21 years at Company A + 1.7 years at Company B = 10 months’ notice

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the Master in Chambers had a situation where an employee of 21 years was recruited by a headhunter to join the defendant. The job ... Read more

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'Fixer' Peter Israel settles employment law cases

Despite coming relatively late to the game, Toronto employment mediator Peter Israel immediately took to his new field. “I’ve always been a fixer; that’s ... Read more

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