Workplace Investigations

Workplace Investigations There are many circumstances mandating an investigation of workplace issues, including allegations of harassment, discrimination, vandalism, or a safety issue. Employees should be aware that employers are obligated to conduct investigations in certain circumstances, and should understand the basic ins and outs of such investigations. Human Rights In any case alleging a human […]

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The Employment Contract

A written employment contract can be an important issue in the employment relationship. There are a number of factors to consider whether this agreement is enforceable. It should not be presumed that the words on the paper are conclusive in determining your rights as an employee. The Contract May Limit a Termination Claim Often, an […]

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Human Rights Tribunal: You Can’t Make Someone Observe the Sabbath

Cases involving human rights in the workplace often revolve around an employer imposing a condition on someone. But what about instances where an employer prevents someone from working? The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal addressed this recently in Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights (Zilberg) v. 9220-3454 Québec Inc. (Spa Liv Zen (Spa Orazen)). Imposing The […]

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Supreme Court of Canada Weighs in on Drug and Alcohol Dependency Disclosure Policies in the Workplace

Drug and alcohol addiction has been recognized as a disability in both Federal and Provincial human rights legislations. This means that, generally speaking, firing someone for an addiction to drugs or alcohol could violate their rights. In Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. the Supreme Court of Canada had the opportunity to weigh in on […]

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