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Serious insight for serious situations.

The Effect of an Investigation on the Respondent

Most workplace investigation decisions focus on the psychological harm to complainants suffered as a result of the alleged misconduct. We have written about this issue before – see our discussion of the importance of a trauma-informed approach for victims of sexual assault here.

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A new watchdog in the workplace

The Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent on December 11, 2014. The intention of the Act is to strengthen government accountability in a number of areas by amending 16 pieces of legislation in Ontario. On September 1, 2015, the Act expanded the scope of the powers/authority of

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What the proposed PTSD protections may signal for the future of workplace mental illness laws

There has been a great deal of media coverage in recent months regarding the effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on “first responders” (i.e. police, fire, and paramedic personnel).  It is generally understood that these professions, along with doctors, nurses, correctional officers, and military personnel are the most likely to experience PTSD as a result

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Unpaid interns: The pros and cons of working for free

Earlier this week, the president of the Canadian Internship Association, Claire Seaborn, spoke on CBC Radio about various controversies concerning unpaid internships by youth and new Canadians. In the last few months, unpaid internships have attracted attention from the media and the Ministry of Labour. Indeed this spring, the Ministry of Labour conducted workplace inspections

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