Employment & Labour

OCA to decide if hospital’s insurer must defend nurse’s alleged breach

How insurers cover health practitioners in actions involving privacy breaches hinges on an Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) hearing slated for March, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Steep learning curve for employers following passage of Bill 148

Organizations face a “steep learning curve” to get up to speed on their obligations under Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 , Markham, Ont.-based employment lawyer Laura Williams tells The Lawyer's Daily . Read more

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 Canadian Employment Law Today . Read more

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 investigations in an upcoming webinar sponsored by Advantage Ontario. Read more

#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 employment lawyer Kevin Marshall. Read more

‘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 accordance with the provincial legislation for the province of employment.” It sets out in great detail that that is all the employee is entitled to. Read more

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 hospital privileges were reduced, her counsel, Toronto lawyer Michael Wright, tells CBC News. Read more

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

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 promote diversity in the workplace, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

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 bringing similar harassment complaints, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

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 Koster writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

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 Peter Israel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

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 lawyer Arthur Zeilikman. Read more

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 177 is omnibus legislation which, among other things, includes several changes relating to the enforcement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHSA ) and amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (the WSIA ) to include transition provisions for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits claims due to chronic mental stress. The Bill 177 changes to the OHSA came into force on Dec. 14, 2017, while the WSIA amendments come into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Read more

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 and political scenes on both sides of the border. Read more