Addiction & An Employer’s Duty to Accommodate

The Divisional Court has released a decision that will have an impact on future arbitral and common law cases considering an employee’s addictive behaviour and related misconduct. In this case, the employee was an R.N. employed by a public hospital. She was observed by a co-worker taking medications from the hospital inventory and also using […]

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Remedies & ‘Just Cause’ Termination

The Remedies on Termination There are two basic remedies on termination. One is the common law remedy of wrongful dismissal based on the implied term of fair notice. The second is the statutory claim for the Employment Standards minimum payments of notice and severance pay. The notice claim under this statute is capped at 8 […]

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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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Google Fires Employee Who Wrote Memo In Defense Of Gender Stereotypes

In a case making headlines globally, Google engineer James Damore who wrote and distributed the now infamous memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” was fired by the Silicon Valley tech giant on Monday. . The Memo Parts of the ten-page memo, which was subtitled, “How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion”, argue that […]

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