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Update: Employer Civil Liability for Workplace Violence, Bullying, or Harassment

In a precedent-setting decision issued in 2017, Justice Vallee of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that an employee named Constable (Cst.) Merrifield was entitled to damages because he was harassed in the workplace by his superiors at the…

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PEI’s Eric Donovan Act – What it Could Mean for Ontario Employers

In Ontario, the Human Rights Code (the “Code”) entitles employees to a workplace that is free from harassment, when that harassment is based on an enumerated ground (i.e. a protected characteristic). The Code statutorily mandates that an employer needs to…

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Update: Proving “Due Diligence” in Cases Involving Fatalities

In February 2018, we provided an update on an important legal precedent relevant to employers across the province. The article discussed certain charges laid against a construction employer by the name of Cobra Float Services (“Cobra”), and its subsequent attempt…

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4 Topics Ontario Employers Must Provide Training On

Ontario workplaces need to meet certain training requirements to comply with federal and provincial regulations. Though every organization’s training needs are unique, providing training to every worker on these four topics is mandatory for almost every workplace in Ontario: 1.…

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Distracted Driving = Distracted Working?

On January 1, 2019, amendments to Ontario’s distracted driving laws significantly increased penalties for convicted motorists. Under the new legislative framework, drivers convicted of distracted driving will mandatorily face license suspension, minimum fines, and demerit points. Distracted Driving on Public…