Cannabis in the Workplace: An Update

In prior posts, we reviewed the issues surrounding the legalization of cannabis and its impact on the workplace. There have been changes to what is legal consumption of cannabis as of October of this year, specifically as of October 17, 2019. Three new classes of cannabis have now become street legal. They are: Products that […]

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Office Disagreement Leads to Accidental Termination

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently upheld an Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s decision that focused on the importance of maintaining composure with employees, particularly during moments of disagreement or conflict. Background The plaintiff was employed as a registered practical nurse in the defendant’s medical office and had been working there for 22 years. The […]

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HRTO Confirms It Does Not Have Jurisdiction to Address Allegations of “General Unfairness”

In a frequently cited decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) confirmed that it does not have the power to deal with general allegations of unfairness, and dismissed a human rights complaint on the basis that the applicant had not established a clear link between her termination and a protected ground under the Human Rights […]

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Duty to Investigate Workplace Harassment

In Zambito v LIUNA Local 183, 2015 HRTO 605, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario considered whether an employer met its obligations under the Human Rights Code to investigate and respond to an employee complaint that he had been harassed at work. Giovanni Zambito was a union organizer for the respondents, LIUNA Local 183. Mr. […]

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