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Tips on conducting a workplace investigation
Tips on conducting a workplace investigation

Stephanie Young, BLG. Workplace investigations are often necessary when resolving workplace disputes or employees’ complaints.  An investigation that is timely, thorough and properly conducted can help employers get to the bottom of a dispute, address employee morale issues, and mitigate ...

Posted: May 3, 2014|Legal Update|0 comments

Accessibility Act in hospitals
Accessibility Act in hospitals

Melanie Warner. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the “AODA”) came into force on June 13, 2005.  The purpose of this legislation is to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, ...

Posted: February 15, 2014|Legal Update|0 comments

Employment contracts: Best practices for enhancing enforcability
Employment contracts: Best practices for
enhancing enforcability

Written offer letters or employment agreements ensure certainty both during the employment relationship and at the time of termination. Moreover, by including a termination provision in such written agreements, employers can reduce their potential liability at the time of termination.  ...

Posted: January 5, 2014|Legal Update|0 comments

Hospital Employee Vaccinations
Hospital Employee Vaccinations

Hospitals are a unique workplace for many reasons, particularly with respect to employee health and patient safety.  The question “should flu shots be mandatory for Hospital employees?” is often asked during each flu season. In an October 2012 editorial, the Canadian ...

Posted: August 7, 2013|Columns, Legal Update|0 comments

New mental health safety standard may impact employers’ duties related to employee mental health
New mental health safety standard may impact
employers’ duties related to employee mental health

Recent studies have shown that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and that mental health is the number one cause of disability in Canada, accounting for nearly 30% of disability claims. The reality suggested by ...

Posted: May 30, 2013|Columns, Legal Update|0 comments

What is the purpose of a Power of Attorney for Personal Care?
What is the purpose of a Power of Attorney for
Personal Care?

A Power of Attorney for Personal Care (“POA”) is a legal document in which an individual can specify who has authority to make care decisions on his or her behalf in the event that person becomes mentally incapable of doing ...

Posted: May 6, 2013|Columns, Legal Update|0 comments

Workplace Accommodation of Employees Caring for Elderly Parents
Workplace Accommodation of Employees Caring for
Elderly Parents

The Ontario Human Rights Code recognizes and protects employees against discrimination on the basis of “family status”.  Traditionally, employees have requested accommodation on the basis of family status relating to obligations associated with child care; however, as the population of ...

Posted: April 10, 2013|Legal Update|0 comments

What hospitals and hospital workers need to know about the Employment Standards Act, 2000
What hospitals and hospital workers need to know about
the Employment Standards Act, 2000

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) is the primary piece of legislation governing Ontario’s workplaces.  It establishes minimum standards with respect to hours of work, overtime, vacation, public holidays, wages, leaves of absence, layoffs, terminations, severance, and other work-related issues.  ...

Posted: February 4, 2013|Columns, Legal Update|2 comments

Doctors: Pay lower taxes and keep more of your earnings now
Doctors: Pay lower taxes and keep more of your
earnings now

Do you provide your professional medical services directly to a health care institution rather than through a corporation you control? If you do, you may be paying more taxes than you have to. Generally, you can save on taxes if ...

Posted: November 29, 2012|Columns, Legal Update|0 comments

Protecting confidentiality in the health care setting: The menace of social media
Protecting confidentiality in the health care setting:
The menace of social media

Social media has connected the world and provided us with instant access to information in a way that no other innovation has. Most enlightened employers, recognizing the benefits of social media (and that it is not going away), now endorse ...

Posted: October 10, 2012|Health Care Policy, Legal Update|0 comments

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