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Investigator plus lawyer = privilege?

There may be times when it makes sense to try and establish a solicitor-client relationship with an external investigator, and these tips will help you do this effectively. However, in other cases where this is not what you require, recognize that the process your investigator follows may be open to scrutiny.

 

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Is a subcontractor a successor or related employer for labour relations purposes?

In a recent decision, Molson Coors Canada, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) held that the subcontracting relationship between Molson Coors Canada (“MCC”) and Sherway Warehousing Inc. (“Sherway”) did not amount to a sale of business nor were MCC and Sherway related employers under the Labour Relations Act (“LRA”).

 

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Ontario’s proposed changes to employment and labour laws could still impact franchising

The Ontario government has responded with surprising speed to the Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review (the Final Report) by introducing Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 on June 1, only eight days after the release of the Final Report on May 23, 2017. Bill 148 is intended to implement certain recommendations made in the Final Report. In a positive development for franchisors and franchisees, Bill 148 does not include measures to adopt the more drastic recommendations in the Final Report that were specifically directed at franchise systems.

 

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Expanded Employer Health Tax exemption for charities with multiple locations

As of January 1, 2017, the Employer Health Tax rules specific to charities have undergone a significant change that will benefit certain charities with multiple locations: If a registered charity has more than one “qualifying campus”, it can claim an Employer Health Tax exemption amount for each one of them separately.

 

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Competition law issues for HR Professionals in Canada

Competition law

A company’s HR functions, such as recruitment and compensation, are not typically regarded as antitrust “hot spots” (as opposed to sales and marketing). Recent cases in the United States, however, highlight how hiring practices can create the risk of competition law violations for companies and their HR personnel. Since Canadian competition law is similar to U.S. antitrust law in these respects, it is important that Canadian HR professionals be aware of these risks and protect themselves and their companies from exposure.

 

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Proposed Manitoba accessible employment standards

The Accessibility Advisory Council’s (AAC) is inviting interested stakeholders to provide their views to its initial proposal for accessible employment standards. Therefore, employment is the second of five accessibility standards being developed under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).

 

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Cyber risk and audit

Clearly, cyber risk and audit is the topic of the day, if not the year and decade. The leader of Protiviti’s IT audit practice, David Brand, has weighed in with “Ten Cybersecurity Action Items for CAEs and Internal Audit Departments”. He has some valuable ideas that merit consideration, not only by internal auditors, but by security professionals, boards, risk officers, and more broadly among the executive group. I will let you read his post and suggested action items.

 

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IP address as personal information: Canadian and EU positions

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s findings do not mean that consent to the collection of an IP address is always required. There may be a number of legitimate reasons for collecting this information, including those relating to security of the site. These reasons would not necessarily extend, however, to collection and use of IP addresses for advertising purposes without some form of consent.

 

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Consulting with Canadians on accessibility legislation

Between July 2016 and February 2017, the federal government is consulting Canadians on planned accessibility legislation. The goal of the law would be to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations in all areas of every day life.

 

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Provincial and territorial 2016 budget overview

Throughout the last few months a number of provinces and territories have released their Budgets for the year 2016. The following is a brief overview of each of those Budgets released to date.

 

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Non-profit’s funding challenges lead to constructive dismissal

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (ORB) recently held that a non-profit’s non—payment of wages and funding challenges amounted to constructive dismissal of one of its employees. (See Aundrea Di Giuseppe v Hospice Richmond Hill, 2015 CanLII 56255 (ON LRB)). Background The employee was the Executive Director at Hospice Richmond Hill (the “Employer”) for over 8 […]

 

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Evolving employment contract law, political activities and charities

Learn why you need to review your contracts and advocacy practices with Not-for-Profit PolicyPro

As an Executive Director, there are many different areas that need your attention on a daily basis: strategic direction, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, employee and volunteer management, media relations and grant applications, just to name a few.

With all of these factors to manage, keeping up with changes in legal compliance and CRA requirements may not be perceived as a top priority. However, failing to pay attention to compliance can leave your organization vulnerable to the risk of financial penalties and have a negative impact on your reputation.

I want to highlight a couple of recent issues you may want to consider.

 

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Hello my name is [redacted]: Employee privacy trumps employer requirement for surnames on name tags

Prairie Montagues and Capulets can carry out their work with the public on a first-name-only basis, according to a recent ruling from a Saskatchewan labour arbitration panel. The panel sided with a healthcare union that complained about the employer’s policy requiring staff nametags to display both a first and last name. The panel found that requiring surnames to be displayed violated the employees’ privacy and occupational health and safety rights, and was inconsistent with the union’s collective agreement.

 

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Canadian corporate directors may be liable for unpaid wages

A recent arbitration decision out of the province of Quebec (available in French only) involving the director of a bankrupt corporation serves as a reminder that directors can be personally liable for unpaid employee wages, notice of termination, and vacation pay.

 

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Employers’ financial difficulties irrelevant when calculating notice periods

Compared to employment, business ownership can offer independence and control, but can also create inescapable financial and other obligations. Salaries and other expenses must be paid regardless of how poorly the business does. The inescapable obligation to pay the appropriate notice pay when employees are terminated, was recently the subject of an Ontario Court of Appeal case.

 

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