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Maintaining Confidentiality During Workplace Investigations in Ontario

In Ontario, employers are required to conduct appropriate workplace investigations into incidents and/or allegations of workplace harassment. However, these investigations must also protect confidentiality and consider the privacy of employees…

Know Your Rights as An Employee During a Harassment Workplace Investigation

It is important to feel safe and respected in the workplace. Legislation like the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) protect Ontario employees…

What You Need To Know About Workplace Investigations – Harassment

As discussed in our previous blog, workplace investigations are critical to resolve workplace misconduct and ensure a healthy and safe workplace for all employees. This blog will dive deeper into…

Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

Workplace investigations are critical, not only to satisfy statutory and other legal obligations but also to support a healthy workplace. The decision to carry out a workplace investigation is, however,…

Understanding Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

Employees in Ontario have the right to be free from bullying and harassment in the workplace as prescribed under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) and Human Rights Code…

Courts Responding to Online Harassment: Am I Protected as an Employee?

Harassment and bullying have long existed in society, including in the workplace. Fortunately, and in recent years, there has been a greater recognition in Canadian society of the seriousness of…

What Are My Rights Once I’ve Submitted a Workplace Complaint to my Employer?

Employers have a duty to maintain a safe workplace. Part of that duty includes ensuring that appropriate investigations are conducted into any incidents and complaints of workplace harassment, including sexual…

Back to the Workplace After COVID-19: Anticipating & Responding to Work Refusals

This week the Ontario Government announced its three-stage plan for re-opening the economy. Given this announcement and the reality that employers will soon see their workplaces returning to some semblance…

New COVID-19 Management Obligations for Employers of Foreign Workers

While the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of temporary foreign workers to the Canadian labour market, they also recognize that managing COVID-19 (a virus that knows no borders), requires…