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Serious insight for serious situations.

Failure to disclose addiction pursuant to company policy justifies employee dismissal

Supporting an employee coping with an addiction is a challenging workplace issue particularly where human rights legislation requires accommodation of employees facing addiction and dependency. But what happens when the employee denies having an addiction and it can or does affect the core duties of the employee? That’s precisely the circumstance that Elk Valley Coal

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Unhappy holidays! The hangover, the law suit and the human rights complaint

The holiday season is full of cheer, celebration, hangovers…and legal implications for employers.  Canadian courts have established that in some cases, employers are liable for the harm and damages caused by intoxicated/impaired employees after an employer-sponsored party. Those cases are ones in which: The employer provided the alcohol to the employee; The employer knew the

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Avoid the legal vulnerabilities of volunteering

This week is National Volunteer Week, which celebrates the hard work and initiative of volunteers across Canada. Whether it is teens vying to satisfy their 40 hours of volunteer work before graduation, or youths trying to get their foot in the door at an organization, volunteering is a popular avenue into many Canadian workplaces. Volunteer

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