Whereas the SFOA previously applied only to medical cannabis, it now applies to cannabis generally. The distinction between medical and recreational cannabis has been dropped. The SFOA prohibits only smoking cannabis or holding lighted cannabis in “enclosed workplaces”. “Enclosed workplaces” is defined in the SFOA as follows (emphasis added): “enclosed workplace” means, (a) the inside… Read more »
What are the changes to the Employment Standards Act taking effect on January 1, 2019? Read about Bill 47 and what it means for employers.
With the holiday season upon us, ‘tis the season to talk about the night before Christmas we all look forward to at the workplace: the annual holiday work party. These celebrations come in all shapes and sizes: afternoon teas, gift exchanges, ugly sweater competitions, Christmas caroling, dinner, dancing – the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, so too are the possibilities for things to go wrong.
Why is consideration needed to make an employment contract enforceable? Read about what employees and employers should know about consideration when changes are made to the terms of a contract.
It could be a touch on the shoulder, a demeaning comment in front of colleagues or an inappropriate invitation to get together outside of working hours. While these acts may be initially easy to shrug off, with time and repetition they can quickly cross over into workplace harassment. But where is that line drawn?
What should employers know about pending changes to equal pay? Read about the Pay Transparency Act, which promotes gender equality in the workplace through increased transparency over compensation.
In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act imposes a statutory obligation on employers to investigate workplace harassment and workplace violence. The investigation must be timely, objective, confidential, and thorough. A workplace investigation is typically conducted with reference to the civil standard of proof, whether it was more likely than not that an alleged event or conduct occurred.
What is the proposed change to pot consumption in the workplace? Read about the recent Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, and how it changes where and how marijuana can be consumed.
Sometimes an employee may find they are not able to perform their job adequately, or cannot keep up with the demands of the role. In these cases, what are the options for an employer? Can they be dismissed, or do they have to find an alternative role for the employee? Our latest Employment Law blog post looks at a recent Quebec case that tackled this question.
Many people face workplace sexual harassment on a daily basis. It can come in many forms, including derogatory comments, inappropriate touching, repeated advances, propositions, pressure to laugh at inappropriate jokes or being forced to look at explicit imagery. And it can be difficult to know what to do.