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How to Conduct an Effective Workplace Investigation

February 27, 2014 | Dealing with Difficult EmployeesWork Environment and Policies

You’ve just received a complaint from one of your employees that feels he is being bullied by his manager.  What do you do?  This article describes the 5 key components to an effective workplace investigation.

Is it harassment?

February 04, 2014 | Dealing with Difficult EmployeesWork Environment and Policies

Harassment.  It’s a word that is bandied around quite a bit but do we really understand what it actually means?

Being Audited by an Ontario Employment Standards Officer?  Here’s what you need to know!

September 30, 2013 | Work Environment and Policies

Starting in October through December 2013, Ontario Employment Standards Officers are visiting retail operations.  Here’s what you can expect.

Verbal Threats in the Workplace Considered Serious Offence under Bill 168

March 07, 2012 | Work Environment and Policies

Workplace violence includes statements or behaviours “that [are] reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.” (Section 1(c) Bill 168).  This definition was recently put to the test in a landmark arbitration decision in Kingston, ON whereby the arbitrator upheld the employer’s decision to terminate the employment of a veteran employee, with 28 years of service, for verbally threatening her co-worker; in this case, the Union President.

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