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  • June 3, 2016
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Ontario Nurse Suspended for Privacy Breach

A recent decision from Ontario has highlighted the serious nature of privacy breaches and the need for employers to be vigilant about their employees’ access to personal and sensitive information.The College of Nurses of Ontario recently ruled that a nurse…

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  • May 26, 2016
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Employer’s “Over-Reaction to a One-Off Event” Results in Six Months’ Severance to Short Term Employee

An employer’s “overblown reaction” to an employee’s “inappropriate” and “unfortunate” conduct did not permit it to dismiss the employee for just cause or rely on the “inaccurate and misleading” termination documents signed by the employee on the day of his…

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  • May 5, 2016
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BC Court of Appeal Rules not all Workplace Discrimination is within the Jurisdiction of the Human Rights Tribunal

The BC Human Rights Tribunal had no jurisdiction over a workplace discrimination complaint made by a supervisor against an employee who had no ability to force the supervisor to endure such conduct, the BC Court of Appeal has held.In Schrenk…

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  • March 10, 2016
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Employer’s Discretion to Dismiss Probationary Employee “Cannot be Questioned”

A recent Ontario decision confirms that the term “probation” has a recognized meaning in employment law and that employers have wide discretion to determine an employee’s suitability during the probationary period. In Nagribianko v. Select Wine Merchants Ltd., 2016 ONSC…

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  • January 28, 2016
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Employer’s financial difficulties do not justify 40% salary reduction; Employee awarded 23¾ months’ severance.

An employer’s financial difficulties do not permit it to unilaterally reduce an employee’s salary, according to a recent Ontario Superior Court decision. The Court awarded the employee nearly 24 months’ severance, the upper limit for severance awards in Canada. George…

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  • January 12, 2016
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“BYOD” or Bring Your Own Device to Work Programs – Risk or Reward?

The British Columbia, Alberta and Federal Privacy Commissioners are reminding employers that Bring Your Own Device Programs or “BYOD” invite significant risks to privacy and security and have issued guidelines to help business that are considering implementing such programs. Under…

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