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Biased Workplace Investigation Warrants Punitive Damages, says Alberta Court of Appeal

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It is clear how important it is to conduct a proper workplace investigation.  It is also clear that failing to do so can scuttle an employer’s case for a just cause dismissal, expose an employer to Human Rights Code damages, and, depending on the harm actually suffered, create a risk of aggravated Keays damages as…

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Proposed Family Caregiver Leave could create a new 8 week leave for Ontario employees

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On December 8, 2011 we blogged about the Ontario Liberal Party’s plan to table amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and introduce an eight week, unpaid “Family Caregiver Leave” to care for ill or injured family members. The proposed leave would be separate from (but could be combined with) the existing eight week…

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Oil, Gas and Potash game changers for the fight over global talent pool

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Global demand has voted and the results thus far have produced clear winners and losers. While Canada’s manufacturing sector continues to struggle under intense global competitive pressure, the commodities sector has found itself in the middle of a grand party, awash in new investment and  experiencing exponential growth.  This has resulted in increased job opportunities…

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