Cannabis in the Workplace and Employer Rights

In a recent decision, Aitchison v L&L Painting and Decorating Ltd., 2018 HRTO 238, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) upheld the termination of an employee who was using cannabis at work, ostensibly for medical purposes. Background The employer was...

Mediating Workplace Sexual Harassment Complaints

On June 11, 2018, Stephen Quinn interviewed Heather Hettiarachchi on the CBC Early Edition on the topic of Mediating workplace sexual harassment complaints. The interview begins at 51:16 on http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/the-early-edition/episode/15550024

Termination for Off-Duty Conduct

In the recent decision of Klonteig v. West Kelowna (District), 2018 BCSC 124, the BC Supreme considered when an employer could terminate the employment relationship based on off-duty conduct. Background Mr. Klonteig was the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of West...

Mental Disorder Presumption – BC

The British Columbia Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 9) has received Royal assent and is now in effect. This legislation creates a mental disorder presumption for first responders who are exposed to traumatic events as part of their employment. The...

Medical Cannabis & Undue Hardship

In the recent decision of Lower Churchill Transmission Construction Employers’ Association and IBEW, Local 1620, arbitrator John Roil, QC, dismissed a grievance where an employer, Valard Construction LP (the “Employer”) refused to hire an employee using medical...