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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Workplace Sexual Harassment

Claims of workplace sexual harassment can allow for very powerful remedies. It is important to understand how such cases may be advanced. In Ontario, there are two human rights tribunals which may have jurisdiction, one being provincial and the second federal. Most businesses are subject to Ontario law. Federal law, which has important differences on […]

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Ontario Superior Court Recognizes New Tort of Harassment

New Tort of Harassment The recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court in Merrifield v A-G Canada has received much attention in the employment bar as it approved for the first time a tort claim for “harassment”. For reasons which follow, the decision will likely have modest impact on the employment law remedies. Further, given […]

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Employer Fined $70,000 for Failure to Meet Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Training Requirements

Federal Force Protection Agency (FFPA), a Whitby, Ontario based employer that provides security services for Oshawa City Hall was recently fined $70,000 for failing to comply with orders to develop workplace harassment and violence prevention programs for its workers. The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workplace Violence and Harassment The province’s Occupational Health and […]

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