Tape Recording Workplace Discussions

It has become very easy to tape record discussions with a click of the smartphone. Many people think it is a good way to prove workplace abuse or a hostile work environment. Is This Legal? This discussion should start, but not conclude with the Criminal Code. It is certainly criminal conduct to tape record a […]

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Employer Liability for Workplace Human Rights Violations

The General Rule Ontario’s Human Rights Code makes the employer liable for workplace human rights abuse for most of the human rights protected by the legislation[1]. The dramatic exception is sexual harassment. The Exceptions to the Exception Who is in Charge This being said, the employer may still be responsible for a sexual harassment case […]

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Sexual Harassment Claims and new Workers’ Compensation Law

Sexual Harassment & Workers’ Compensation The pending amendments to Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Act, to be effective January 1, 2018 basically lowers the threshold for a claim based on emotional trauma where the worker has suffered “chronic or traumatic mental stress” arising out of and in the course of employment. This new law may have a […]

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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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