Category: Employment & Labour

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Workplace Harassment, a Changing Legislative Landscape

June 10, 2016

There are legislative changes on the horizon that will affect Ontario workplaces as part of the Ontario government’s “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.” Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016 received royal assent on March 8, 2016, and amends several acts in…

Suncor Clears Important Hurdle in Implementation of Random Alcohol and Drug Testing in Alberta

May 30, 2016

Employers seeking to introduce random alcohol and drug testing in hazardous work environments have reason to be optimistic following the recently released decision in Suncor Energy Inc. v. Unifor Local 707A. Justice D.B. Nixon held that the decision of the three-member arbitration panel (Panel) to reject Suncor Energy Inc.’s (Suncor) proposed implementation of random alcohol and drug testing in its…

Employer Obligations During the Fort McMurray Wildfire

May 25, 2016

The devastating impact of the wildfire that continues to burn throughout northern Alberta has left those directly affected with unanswered questions relating to sources of income and financial stability. Many workplaces have either ceased operations indefinitely or no longer exist. The situation has many employers asking about their duties to employees in these circumstances. This bulletin is a summary of…

Court Limits Human Rights Tribunal Jurisdiction to Address Discrimination Claims from Persons not in Position of Power

April 18, 2016

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia (Court of Appeal) recently concluded in Schrenk v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal) (Schrenk) that the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal’s (Tribunal) jurisdiction does not extend to a person who is not in a position of power over an employee or otherwise in a position to force the complainant to endure discriminatory conduct…

Legal Trends 2016: Employment & Labour

February 25, 2016

ONE | FOCUS ON HUMA​N RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE In the past year, the media and governments across Canada have paid greater attention to workplace discrimination and harassment. In Ontario, for example, the government introduced Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, which, among other things, ensures that employers are legally obligated under the Occupational Health and Safety…

Emerging Ethical Trends in Workplace Law

February 24, 2016

This program will reviews ethical pitfalls with recruiting and hiring, employment contracts and the duty to bargain with an employee in good faith, ethics in internal investigations, protecting privilege and a full review of ethical predicaments in concluding wrongful dismissal settlements.   Please note you must now manually log the details of this program on the LSUC Portal: https://portal.lsuc.on.ca. The…

Look Ahead: 2016 Legal Trends

January 8, 2016

  While global markets can be unpredictable, we have assembled some key legal trends that may help you prepare for what lies ahead in 2016.  ​​​​   Anti-Spam   Capital Markets  ​ China    Commercial Real Estate Cybersecurity Employment & Labour Financial Services Regulatory Intellectual Property International Trade   Litigation & Dispute Resolution   Mergers & Acquisitions   Oil &…

New Employer Duties under Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan

November 10, 2015

Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 (Bill) contemplates amendments to six pieces of legislation, including Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The Bill proposes to amend the OHSA to include a definition of workplace sexual harassment, additional employer duties with respect to workplace harassment and a new…

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