A Deeper Look At Ontario’s New Pay Transparency Act and The Impact On Industry

With the coming of the new year, the Government of Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act took effect on January 1, 2019. As the first legislation of its kind, its goals and expected impacts are worth a closer look. Taking Aim at Pay...

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Just How Private is an Employee’s Text Messaging?

By Delayne Sartison, Q.C. and Matthew Larsen Information and evidence obtained from social media or electronic communications is playing an increasingly important role in the workplace, but employers must be conscious of employee privacy rights.  As a result, the Ontario...

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How Much Should HR Professionals Reveal About Themselves?

By Adam Bajan There’s an age old question in human relationships—how much do we reveal or hold back about ourselves? In Trust We Trust Creating trust in our relationships requires that we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, but at what point in...

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Handle With Care: The Impact of Workplace Investigations

By Kellie Auld, CHRP Even if you are not a listener of CBC Radio One, you have likely heard the name Jian Ghomeshi and are aware of his connection to what has become a well-publicized sexual harassment case. As host...

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Alcohol, Drugs and Work

By David M. Brown Doing business in Canada, it seems that there’s always an endless array of networking events, business functions, award galas and fundraisers to attend. While the purpose of these events varies, one constant among them is the...

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Risks of Social Media Background Checks

By Stephen Antle, Charmane Sing, Brandon Hillis and Michael Damiani Social media sites can be a useful tool for employers to screen prospective job candidates.  With over one billion active Facebook profiles and 500 million Twitter users, employers are just...

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Policy, Property and Privacy: Employer-owned Computers

By Graeme McFarlane Computers are everywhere.  They say that the average cell phone has more computing power than did NASA when it sent people to the moon.  Computers provide us with the conduit through which a large part of our...

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What’s So Private About Computer Misuse?

By Robert Smithson Last week, this column addressed the reasons of the Supreme Court of Canada relating to employees’ use of their employer’s computers for non-work purposes. Employers may have been left scratching their heads by the Court’s thoughts on...

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