#MeToo Pulse Check Survey: How has #MeToo changed things within your organization?

On October 15th it will be one year since actress Alyssa Milano sent the #MeToo tweet that incited a major social and political movement which changed the way we think of and respond to allegations of sexual harassment and violence. Now that we are one year into the #MeToo movement and (in Ontario) quickly approaching [...]

“What am I supposed to do? He’s my dad.” Investigating workplace harassment complaints against family members

When an employer receives a complaint or becomes aware of an incident of workplace harassment, it must be investigated. But what happens when the complaint is made against a member of the employer’s family, who just so happens to be a co-worker? Before Bill 132 enshrined the employer’s obligation to investigate complaints of workplace harassment, [...]

The Icing on the Cake: an unfair investigation into a joke gone viral

Recently, in the town of Lorette, Manitoba (Pop. 3,208), which is 25 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, a little inside joke made a very big public splash. The medium? Cake icing. The platform? Snapchat. At a time when employees constantly scroll through their IPhone notifications, mean jokes blasted over social media easily infiltrate the workplace. It [...]

Workplace Investigation Alert: BC employer’s lackluster response to sexual harassment offers helpful reminder to us all

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

For Vancouver Employers, Embracing #MeToo Makes Good Business Sense

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

The Dilemma of the Anonymous Complaint

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

Workplace Investigation Alert: The impact of an investigator’s notes, in a recent BC case

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following session – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training is [...]

Why every employer should care about gender harassment

When most people think about sexual harassment, they think about unwelcome sexual advances and requests/demands for sexual “favours”: The executive who puts his hand on his administrative assistant’s knee. The professor who tells a student she might get a better grade if she went for a drink with him after class. While these behaviours are [...]

Decision makers in British Columbia give thoughts on workplace investigations

Two 2018 decisions in British Columbia – one from the BC Labour Relations Board and one from the BC Supreme Court – provide workplace investigators with some good insight into what makes a good workplace investigation. Member Paul Love’s March 2018 decision in Western Forest Products Inc. v. United Steelworkers 1-1937, 2018 CarswellBC 826, 135 [...]

Lessons from the Top of the Podium: What We Can Learn From the Harassment of Women in Sport

A few months ago, my colleague Janice Rubin took a look at all of the industries that had been prompted to survey their own members on their own experiences with sexual harassment.   Indeed, the variety in these industries was remarkable and ranged from theatre to funds management to media to Members of Parliament. For me, [...]

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