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  • With most of the amendments of Bill 148 now in effect—along with significant updates to OHS and WCB provisions, the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, and more on the way—there are many substantial changes employers in Ontario have to deal with now and throughout 2018. The post 2018 will be a pivotal year for employers and HR managers in Ontario – #LearnTheLatest appeared first on Fi...

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  • It is acknowledged by the courts that a just cause dismissal in employment law is tantamount to “capital punishment in the criminal justice system.” While just cause dismissal does require that a high threshold first be established, it will, in certain circumstances be an appropriate and necessary response. The post Ontario court overturns just cause dismissal and awards over $97,000 in damages ap...

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  • The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the Remembrance Day Bill enactment, the release of the 2017 sunshine list, and the federal cannabis regulation consultation feedback report. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Reference Talks.

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  • It’s clear that in unionized environments the invasion of privacy imposed by random drug and alcohol testing will not be taken lying down. The drug and alcohol testing landscape is likely to get more complicated with the legalization of marijuana. The post Update on random drug testing in the workplace appeared first on First Reference Talks.

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  • Employers may prohibit the use of recreational marijuana at work or during working hours and may also prohibit employees from attending work while impaired. Workplace rules regarding non-medical use of marijuana may be enforced through the application of the employer's substance abuse and progressive discipline policies. Find out how. The post Recent updates on the legalization of marijuana appear...

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  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario has confirmed that in an asset sale, a purchaser’s offer of employment to a seller’s employee can constitute consideration for changes in an employment contract — including a new termination clause. The post What happens to employment contracts when an employer sells the assets of its business? appeared first on First Reference Talks.

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  • The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a new online course on impairment and cannabis in the workplaces, accessibility standards for employment and a new WSIB guide and app for businesses. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Reference Talks.

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  • Good Friday, observed on March 30 this year, is a statutory (public) holiday recognized across Canada. Depending on the jurisdiction, most employees are entitled to a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay. The post Good Friday, Easter and Passover in 2018 appeared first on First Reference Talks.

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  • The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with providing a T4A to independent contractors, the equal pay for equal work coming into force date of April 1 and the Alberta OHS regulations consultation. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Reference Talks.

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  • Although there may be social norms at play, a business owner would do well to continue to update and implement workplace and human rights policies on an ongoing basis, otherwise, they may be liable for any breach of the "Code", whether intended or otherwise. The post Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario: the “Code” matters, not social norms appeared first on First Reference Talks.

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  • Canadian startups and any company for that matter should have an employment contract for all new hires. An employment contract helps both parties understand the employment relationship, protects the start up in the event of the termination of employees and it can also serve as a useful mechanism to attract good employees. The post Startup employment contracts appeared first on First Reference Tal...

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  • Can independent contractors claim damages for constructive dismissal? In a decision released March 7, 2018 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Barresi v Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc., 2018 ONSC 837, the answer to that question was essentially yes. Facts The case concerned a commercial real estate broker, Barresi, who was retained […] The post Claiming constructive dismissal a...

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  • Equal pay for equal work protections are expanding on April 1, 2018. The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) currently prohibits an employer from paying a lower rate to an employee on the basis of the employee’s sex. As of April 1, 2018, employers may no longer pay less to employees because of sex or “differences […] The post What does equal pay for equal work equal (as of April 1, 2018)? appea...

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  • Each employee dismissal will come with its own unique circumstances and challenges. However, with sufficient planning, organization and sensitivity to the employee, it is possible to get through the dismissal process in respectful fashion, while avoiding the creation of problems that may later come back to haunt the employer. The post Tips on the right way to fire employees in Ontario appeared fir...

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  • The hallmarks of senior leaders is not high scores in outgoingness or charisma, and leaders' level of dependability and conscientiousness is not different from that of others. Instead, it's the willingness to take action, bring others along, and remain open to new opportunities and better ways of doing things that make effective leaders. The post Leaders are persuasive rule-breakers appeared first...

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