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Cyberloafing, Time Theft or Productive Multi-Tasking?

Can an employer monitor (i.e. spy on) their employees’ online productivity (i.e. slacker, time-wasting cyberloafing)?  Today I participated in a Lancaster House session on “Cyberloafing, Cyberspying” – two sides of the same labour relations coin, but full of divergent expectations and perspectives.  I learned a ton from my fellow panelists, Dan Scott and Susan Munn, … Continue Reading

Privacy and Porn on Workplace Computers

Employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the personal information on their workplace computers, even if that expectation can be significantly diminished with effective workplace policies and practices.  However, whether such reasonable expectations extend to workplace computer evidence admitted in a criminal proceeding was addressed in last Friday’s highly anticipated Supreme Court of Canada … Continue Reading

ILO Develops Standard on HIV/AIDS in the Workplace

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) just held its annual conference in Geneva from June 1-18, 2010.  The purpose of the annual conference is to develop and monitor compliance with international labour standards.  The ILO is a tripartite agency of the United Nations, comprised of employer, employee and government representatives.  They have been responsible for pushing forward numerous initiatives to … Continue Reading

Employer Obligations During a Leave

This week, Christine Thomlinson wrote a great blog post on the (potential) come-back of Tiger Woods.  She draws a parallel between Tiger’s return to golf and employees returning to work after a difficult period in their life, whether criminal, personal, or otherwise.  As she points out, there are a number of pro-active steps an employer can take … Continue Reading
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