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Getting up to speed on human rights

Two Ontario cases showcase possible trends in human rights decisions employers need to be aware of going into 2015

Addicted worker’s breach of last chance agreement not the end

Keeping worker employed in safety sensitive position would be undue hardship, but there were other possibilities for worker after multiple relapses

Worker’s holdout for ‘perfect’ accommodation fails

Employee’s refusal of accommodation options not a failure of employer to accommodate: Adjudicator

Taking a stand against workplace bullies

Fighting workplace bullying is more of a challenge — and more of a priority — with more ways for bullying to happen

Bus driver given another chance after multiple suspensions

Employee sent letter after termination acknowledging his misconduct and vowing to be better if given another chance

Navigating Ontario’s new leaves of absence

Three new types of job-protected leave brings total to 10 in Ontario; more help for employees means more work for employers managing absenteeism

Major changes for specialized knowledge workers

It’s not as easy for foreign workers and their employers to avoid the LMO process by claiming specialized skills
Cynthia Ingram, a lawyer with Keyser Mason Ball, explains to Canadian HR Reporter TV what the components of thorough workplace investigations include.

Accommodating Disability in the Workplace: The Trials and Tribulations

Know the right questions to ask and the best practices for the sensitive task of accommodating employee disability
Employers must give employees plenty of warning and a chance to improve if they want to terminate without reasonable notice
How much is too much or too little when it comes to giving notice?