‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Work Parties

Blog Post
November 21, 2017
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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.

Women Without Heels and Full Makeup Need Not Apply

Blog Post
April 6, 2017
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In recent months, there has been significant international media coverage on differential treatment of men and women with respect to workplace attire. What rights do unionized employees have with respect to differential clothing requirements for men and women?

Busted for pornography at work… what are the consequences for employees?

Article
March 3, 2017
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Access to the Internet is now a fixture in Canadian workplaces and pornography can be accessed in seconds by a few keystrokes and the click of a mouse. This has created unique problems for employers, who are faced with making decisions about employees caught electronically accessing, storing or distributing pornography at work or on employer-owned devices.

Terminating Probationary Employees – What Standard Applies?

Blog Post
January 5, 2017
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In my previous blog post, I explained how 2016 was a great year for employees. There was a notable case, however, that was decided in favour of employers. Below is a cautionary tale for probationary employees.  The case of Nagribianko v Select Wine Merchants Ltd was heard by the Ontario Divisional Court, and dealt with… Read more »

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Work Parties

Blog Post
December 21, 2016
Read Time: 4 minutes

Nelligan O’Brien Payne gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Alex Dezan, Student-at-Law in writing this blog post. 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,… Read more »