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Serious insight for serious situations.

Textual Harassment – The New Frontier?

We are all familiar with sexual harassment as a subject matter for workplace investigations.  In a post Bill 168 world, psychological harassment investigations are also becoming common.   However, with an increasingly wired workforce dependent on electronic communication, we are in a new era in which employees are becoming victim to “textual harassment”.  In our firm,

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Wrongful Dismissal: A Procedural Sign of Things to Come?

An interesting case crossed my desk this week. It was the wrongful dismissal case of Whiteman v. Eastern Lift Truck Inc. 183 A.C.W.S. (3d) 87. The case was recently decided by Mr. Justice Ray of the Superior Court of Justice. What jumped out at me was how efficiently the plaintiff and his counsel made use

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Calling All Independent Contractors!

Over the last couple of months, we have seen our employer clients engage an increasing number of “independent contractors”. This can be an effective way of getting overflow work done without adding to the headcount, and adding fresh blood to an organization. Here are a few things to look for when structuring these arrangements: 1.

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A Few Words About Workplace Violence Risk Assessments Under Bill 168

For those of you following the progress of Bill 168, which proposes to add explicit protections for employees against workplace violence and harassment, you will know that one of the trickier elements of the Bill is the requirement that employers perform a risk assessment of the workplace. The purpose of this assessment is to determine

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