Tag Archives: Workplace Policies

Alert! Blue-Flu Hits Canada

Blue Jays-itis, Blue Jay Fever, the Blue Flu…whatever you call it some sort of strange illness has taken over Canadian workplaces with employees calling in sick, skipping out early or hunched secretively over their computers all in the name of baseball. I have discussed the issue of sports and impacts on workplace productivity before. With … 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

Can You Discriminate Against a Volunteer?

The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability set out the rights and obligations regarding employees, but what about volunteers?  A reader of this blog (thanks Angie!) has asked about the application of these laws when recruiting volunteers.  Human rights codes across Canada work largely the same on this issue, but since … Continue Reading

Working from Home: Legal Issues for Employers

Working from home, telecommuting, flexible hours, – whatever you call it, it is part of the Gen Y paradigm of focusing on work product rather than work process. In an information economy where so many workers are producing electronic written and graphic content rather than a physical product, many employees are pushing to work where they … Continue Reading

The Canadian Civic (Optional) Holiday

Many Ontario employees will be surprised to learn that the Civic Holiday on the first Monday of August is not a statutory holiday in Ontario.  If your private sector workplace offers the day off, it is a perk, not a requirement.  The Ontario Employment Standards Act is silent on this holiday, and while many collective agreements and … 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

Intimate Relationships in the Workplace

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Toronto city councillor Adam Giambrone made a statement to the media  last night that he has had "intimate relations" with women other than his spouse throughout most of 2009.  While at 32 years old, the politician may be excused for the lapse in judgment, given his former bid to run for … Continue Reading

Bill 168 – Ontario Workplace Violence and Harassment

On December 9, 2009, Bill 168, the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace) 2009 passed third reading in the Ontario legislature.  This new law will amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act by introducing new duties on employers with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment.  It is anticipated that this … Continue Reading
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