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Labour Relations Articles

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Labour Relations Articles

Balancing Employee Privacy Interests with Workplace Safety

Melanie D. McNaught, Partner, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Publication date: October, 2013

In modern society, safety and privacy interests frequently seem to conflict, particularly in the workplace. Random drug and alcohol testing is one instance when these interests may conflict. Employers are obligated under occupational safety legislation to provide a safe workplace for employees. The risk of workplace accidents increases if employees are working under the influence of drugs or alcohol. more

DynaLIFEDx’s Experience Mastering the Fact-Finding and Investigation Process

Cathy Rendek, Human Resources Manager, DynaLIFEDx
Publication date: September, 2013

Workplace investigations – where to begin? Like many organizations DynaLIFEDx conducts internal investigations for a variety of different reasons. In 2011, new to the world of Human Resources and Employee Relations, I was challenged to evaluate our internal processes for workplace investigations, identify risks and opportunities, and make recommendations on a move forward strategy. What clearly became evident was a strong desire to do the right thing, but a lack of consistency and clarity in how workplace investigations were handled. more

A Review of the Legal Obligations for Employers and Employees in the Canadian Workplace

Chris Foulon, Israel Foulon LLP, Carita Wong, Israel Foulon LLP, Andrea Stoddart, Israel Foulon LLP
Publication date: September, 2013

This paper canvasses the existing legislation in respect of “family status” accommodation obligations and provides an overview of a number of recent cases that shed some light on how “family status” accommodation situations are playing out in Canadian workplaces. more

How changing the approach to collective bargaining led to success

Andy MacDonald, Queen's IRC Coach
Publication date: August, 2013

I was a professional Fire Fighter in the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), for many years before I got directly involved as a member of our Local's negotiating team. Although I was always interested in our Association's activities, and I regularly attended meetings, I never considered myself "involved-enough" to run for any committee or executive position for those first 15 years of my career. more

Elaine Newman, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: March, 2013

A female employee was involved in a romantic relationship with a male member of the team. He was married. She had enough. The romance ended. He was unable to accept the end of the relationship. He called her repeatedly, at home and at work. He openly harassed her. He distributed photos of her.   more

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