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Serious insight for serious situations.

Poisoned work environment: An employer’s responsibility

I am often asked what “poisoned work environment” means. My thought is that while many people have heard the term and may even use it occasionally, they are not really sure what it is. A recent HRTO decision provides some clear guidance as to what a poisoned work environment is, how it often arises, and

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Consent and Bill 132: What changes? Nothing

With Bill 132 set to come into effect on September 8, 2016, and January 2017 for universities and colleges, there is a great deal of work that organizations are required to do, including drafting policies, establishing investigation procedures, and training staff. Given the usual complexities of investigating sexual violence, one of the central areas of

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New Brunswick arbitrator concludes workplace investigation deeply flawed

Across the country, legal decision-makers are increasingly reviewing employers’ workplace investigation efforts and finding them flawed. Consistent with this trend is a case from New Brunswick, Cyndi Cross v. Irving Pulp & Paper Limited, 2012 CanLII 85143 (NBLA) in which Arbitrator George Filliter reviewed the employer’s workplace investigation, and found it deeply flawed. Cyndi Cross,

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Nova Scotia Leon’s learns lesson: How not to investigate

“I cannot reasonably conclude that an investigation conducted by a manager who has been in a romantic relationship with the Complainant is reasonable or appropriate in these circumstances.” That is just one of the investigation flaws found by NSHRC Chair, Kathryn Raymond, in the matter of Cromwell v. Leon’s Furniture Limited in a decision rendered

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What do Halifax potholes and workplace investigation problems have in common?

I have been “away” for the last number of years, and here I am, back in Halifax, with my own workplace investigation practice. My pleasure at being home has been tempered by the potholes populating Halifax streets. As I was bobbing and weaving down roads leading toward and away from everywhere, I started thinking about

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