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Employee Dismissed for Demanding Bonus and Saying that Employer “Could Fire Him”, Not For Raising Safety Concerns, Court Decides

An employee’s demand for a bonus and assertion that his employment relationship would not be “fruitful” and that his employer could fire him, was the reason for his dismissal, a court has decided. The dismissal was not...more

10/1/2014 - Canada Hiring & Firing OHSA Retaliation Safety Precautions Termination

“Discipline” included “dismissal”: employer did not breach safety-reprisal settlement when it dismissed employee after harassment...

An employer that dismissed an employee after a harassment investigation did not breach a previous safety-reprisal settlement with the employee, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has held. In effect, the employer never...more

9/17/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Harassment Hiring & Firing OHSA Termination

“Don’t worry about me, I carry weapons”: employee’s violent statements warranted serious discipline but not dismissal

An electrician’s comment, “Don’t worry about me, I carry weapons” and “it would really feel good to kill something today” constituted workplace violence but did not warrant dismissal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has...more

8/27/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Canada Employer Liability Issues Employer No-Weapons Policies Hiring & Firing Workplace Violence

Ontario Bill to extend protection of OHSA to unpaid trainees

A new Ontario Bill will give unpaid trainees the protection of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The OHSA currently gives that protection to paid workers only. The current definition of “worker” under the OHSA...more

7/23/2014 - Canada Hiring & Firing New Legislation OHSA Unpaid Interns

“Disgruntled and aggressive clients” posed safety threat under OHSA

An employee who was fired one day after complaining to the Ministry of Labour that she felt threatened by “disgruntled and aggressive clients” was entitled to damages for the retaliatory discharge, the Ontario Labour...more

7/9/2014 - Canada Damages Former Employee Hiring & Firing OHSA Retaliation

Threat, assault on supervisor were just cause for dismissal at isolated mine in NWT with “zero tolerance” violence policy

An employee at an isolated camp in the Northwest Territories who assaulted and threatened his supervisor was dismissed for just cause, an adjudicator has decided. The employee was an equipment operator at a mine site....more

6/12/2014 - Assault Hiring & Firing Mining Termination Workplace Violence Zero Tolerance Policies

Supervisor who solicited and procured drugs from employee was fired for cause

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the for-cause termination of a supervisor who used text messages to solicit and obtain drugs from an employee under his supervision. Safety was one of the supervisor’s responsibilities in...more

6/10/2014 - Appeals Hiring & Firing Illegal Drugs Termination Workplace Safety

Disabled Employee Who Lied About Ability To Work Was Fired For Cause

An employee who lied to and misled her employer about her ability to perform her work as a reporter, was fired for just cause, and arbitrator has held. The employee severely injured her ankle while skydiving “on...more

5/22/2014 - Arbitration Canada Disability Hiring & Firing Termination

Professional Engineer With “Significant Safety Background” Who Sent “Abhorrent E-Mails”, Loses Safety-Retaliation Case

A professional engineer who engaged in an “over the top, aggressive” argument with an established member of management, has lost his safety-retaliation case at the Ontario Labour Relations Board....more

5/9/2014 - Email Hiring & Firing Retaliation Workplace Hazards

July 1, 2014 Deadline To Provide Ontario’s New Safety Awareness Program To Employees (Your Current Program Is Probably Not Good...

The clock is ticking. All Ontario employers must provide their workers and supervisors with “basic occupational health and safety awareness training” by July 1st, or they will be in violation of a new regulation under the...more

1/9/2014 - Canada E-Learning Employer Mandates Hiring & Firing New Hires OHSA Safety Training Workplace Safety

Fired Employee Failed To Prove That Depression, Harassment Drove Him To Fight: Court

An employee who was fired for fighting after being harassed, did not prove that his harassment or depression caused him to fight. Therefore, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario was wrong to find that his firing was...more

9/12/2013 - Canada Discrimination Harassment Hiring & Firing Mental Illness Termination

Mere Smell Of Marijuana Was Not Enough: Employee Was Entitled To Refuse Drug Test, Says Court

An employee was entitled to refuse to submit to a reasonable-suspicion drug test where a supervisor smelled marijuana in the employee’s truck but had no other evidence of drug use or impairment, a Nova Scotia judge has held....more

6/7/2013 - Canada Drug Testing Hiring & Firing Marijuana OHSA

Unremorseful Sexual Harasser Was Fired For Cause: Court Reproves Arbitrator

An unremorseful mail room clerk’s sexual harassment and grabbing of a contract worker was just cause for dismissal, the Ontario Divisional Court has held, overturning and criticizing an arbitrator’s decision....more

5/31/2013 - Arbitration Canada Hiring & Firing Sexual Harassment Termination

Angry Confrontation Of Employee By A Manager Could Be Safety Issue: OLRB

In what appears to be a departure from a growing line of cases, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has permitted an employee to advance her claim that the employer violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act when it fired...more

5/7/2013 - Canada Hiring & Firing OHSA Safety Precautions Termination

Bad-Faith Work Refusal Complaint To MOL Justified Discipline – Reinstatement Denied

The work refusal provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act should not be abused, an arbitrator has effectively held in overturning an employee’s dismissal but refusing reinstatement....more

4/30/2013 - Arbitration Canada Hiring & Firing OHSA Reinstatement

“Ten Times The Effort” To Manage Employee’s Absenteeism, Addictions: Dismissal Upheld

An employee with a long history of substance abuse issues and absenteeism was properly dismissed after he attended at work while impaired, an Ontario arbitrator has decided....more

4/23/2013 - Canada Drug & Alcohol Abuse Duty to Accommodate Hiring & Firing Termination

Safety Violations Get 37-Year Employee Fired For Cause

We don’t often hear of 37-year employees being fired for just cause. An arbitrator has recently upheld the dismissal of a long-service unionized employee for safety violations....more

4/15/2013 - Canada Hiring & Firing OHSA Safety Precautions Safety Violations Unions

Court Dismisses Safety-Reprisal Complaint Related To Family Dispute

An employee who claimed that he was dismissed after sharing his concerns about the well-being of himself and his children and the “lifestyle of their mother”, has been denied a remedy under the safety-reprisal provisions of...more

3/27/2013 - Canada Hiring & Firing Retaliation Safety Precautions Termination

Unsafe-Truck Complaint Gets Probationary Employee Fired – And Damages For Safety-Reprisal

An Ontario employer has been ordered to pay 24 weeks’ wages to a 12-week probationary employee who was fired after complaining about numerous safety issues with a company truck he was driving which hauled steel....more

3/7/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Hiring & Firing Safety Precautions Termination

Supervisor’s Violation Of Lockout “Cardinal Rule” Did Not Justify Dismissal: Appeal Court

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a trial judge’s decision that an employee’s violation of a lockout rule was not just cause for dismissal....more

2/21/2013 - Appeals Hiring & Firing Lockouts Safety Violations Termination

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