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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The Right to Unplug

The newly amended Employment Standards Act may have created a context in which an employee may legally be able to disconnect their phone from the demands of the office. There is some precedent for this. European countries such as France passed a law allowing employees to turn off their devices when not officially at work. […]

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Ombudsman to Investigate WSIB Treatment of Mentally Ill Workers

According to the Toronto Star, the Ombudsman of Ontario has received a 138-page submission calling for an investigation into the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) treatment of workers with chronic mental stress injuries. Under the current WSIB regime, such workers are not entitled to compensation. This is despite the WSIB’s own independent appeals tribunal […]

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Does My Employer Have to Give Me Time Off to Vote?

Today is a historic election day in the U.S. and, therefore, an opportune time to comment on employee rights with respect to elections in Ontario.  Ontario employees should be aware that, next time there is a Federal or Provincial election, employers are obligated to provide employees with time off work to vote (in certain circumstances). […]

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