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Mental stress provisions of Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, declared unconstitutional by WSIAT

In a landmark decision that could have a significant impact on employers, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (“WSIAT”, or the “Tribunal”) recently declared sections 13(4) and (5) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 – which preclude entitlement to WSIB benefits for chronic mental stress – to be unconstitutional. That decision,

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Workplace hazards: A tragic reminder to expect the unexpected

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, a worker was tragically – and fatally – attacked by large black bear at a Suncor mining facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta. It seems trite to observe that the worker’s encounter with the bear (as opposed to the types of industrial hazards more readily associated with mining operations) would have

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July 1 deadline for mandatory OH&S awareness training quickly approaching

By July 1, 2014, all employers operating in the Province of Ontario – regardless of their industry sector, and regardless of their size – must have met the requirement to provide their workers and supervisors with occupational health and safety awareness training, pursuant to Ontario Regulation 297/13. That Regulation came into effect in November of

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Does the application process of a potential employer make you want to projectile vomit? If so, keep it to yourself

On January 14, 2014, a Twitter user by the name of DJ PU$$ PU$$ made a critical error in judgment. While completing her application for admission to the HBA program at the Ivey Business School, she tweeted: “this ivey application makes me want to projectile vomit into the head of admission’s mouth”. Of course, the

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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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Interpretive dance: The modern resignation letter

Just when I think I’ve seen every possible way for social media to be incorporated into the employment relationship, one of my Generation Y contemporaries surprises me again. This time it’s a video which Marina Shifrin of New York City has used to resign from her employment with Next Media Animation. And in the past

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Rubin Thomlinson’s top 10 favourite workplace movies

On the heels of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, we thought it would be the perfect time to give our audience a list of our favourite workplace movies. While our work sometimes exposes us to situations that seem to be straight out of a movie, we have endeavored to restrict our list to include only

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