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“Locker Room Talk”: Defining Sexual Harassment in the Alberta case of Watkins v. Willow Park Golf Course

To say sexual harassment is a hot topic at the moment is an understatement. From Donald Trump’s now infamous Access Hollywood tape to multiple reports at Fox News to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there is heightened awareness of the seriousness of sexual harassment and its impacts, particularly in the workplace. Despite the high profile nature

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An $800,000 Cautionary Investigation Tale from Alberta

In what the arbitration panel called a tragic case, an employee of the City of Calgary has been awarded $800,000 in damages (The City of Calgary and CUPE, Local 38, 2013 CanLII 88297). The employee, who worked as a clerk in the City’s Roads division, was sexually assaulted on a number of occasions by a

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Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Alberta Privacy Legislation: Province Has 12 Months to Revise

In a decision released Friday November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) is unenforceable, on account of the statute’s failure to protect the freedom of expression guaranteed by section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Court has given the Alberta legislature twelve

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Alberta Court Reaffirms Reasonable Notice Entitlements for Dependent Contractors

At the end of a typical employment relationship, it is not uncommon for the parties to disagree over the amount of “reasonable notice” (or pay in lieu of notice) that the employer is required to give to the employee under common law. However, in situations where an organization has retained an individual as a contractor

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