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Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

Mass terminations: What workplace parties need to know

In a volatile global economy, it is sometimes necessary for organizations to restructure their operations in order to remain competitive. Often, this “right-sizing” exercise involves the termination of groups of employees, or even entire departments or business units. Canada has been no stranger to job loss over the past five years and, indeed, talk of

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Investment banker dies after working “until 6am for three nights in a row”

There comes a time when both employers and employees need to be reminded of the limits to the employment relationship, and the physical limits to which one can push his or her body. In reading a news article published by The Daily Mail, I figured that now was the time for that reminder. The article’s

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In defence of social media

These days, I find myself following legal issues involving social media with great interest and, occasionally, with considerable amusement and surprise. My interest isn’t driven entirely by my occupation, and the situations I have read about span far beyond the employment law niche in which I practice. Indeed, social media seems to have found its

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Social media update: Are your employees doing “the Harlem shake”?

Employers will no doubt concede that social media is ubiquitous, and is beginning to permeate the boundary between personal life and professional life; and the YouTube phenomenon is no exception. However, “The Harlem Shake”, the biggest YouTube sensation since Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, has recently caused ripples in the workplace the world

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Recent amendment to Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act creates rebuttable presumption for PTSD claims of emergency service workers

A recent “hot topic” in occupational health and safety circles has been psychological health and safety in the workplace. From the workplace violence and harassment provisions that have been added to occupational health and safety legislation across the country, to the introduction of the Canadian Standards Association’s guideline Z1003 (Psychological health and safety in the

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