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Managing and Conducting Workplace Investigations Fairly

By | September 16th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

While employers may be aware of their obligation to take workplace complaints seriously, uncertainty persists around investigating allegations of misconduct properly and fairly. In this article, we shed some light on how "fairness" is defined and understood in the context of a workplace investigation, common mistakes employers make when investigating complaints, consequences of a shoddy [...]

As Work Moves Home, So Does Bullying And Harassment

By | August 12th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

The coronavirus lockdown measures moved many workplaces home, and in some cases, bullying and harassment have followed. Is the Future of Work Remote? A recent Gartner survey suggests that 74% of CFO's and finance leaders plan to shift at least 5% of previously on-site employees to permanently remote positions after the pandemic. And while not [...]

Is Your Remote Workplace Toxic?

By | July 15th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

If you're like most people in 2020, you've probably found yourself working and leading from home, experiencing a multitude of operational complexities and concerns. One area of focus that mustn't be ignored is maintaining and promoting a professional and respectful workplace culture. When you work from home, every day might be (very) casual Friday, but [...]

Conducting Remote Workplace Investigations

By | June 10th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

Across the globe, as people continue to work from home, there is a very good chance you have employees who are experiencing, at the hands of their co-workers, personal and sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination, and retaliation. And to complicate matters, while economies are starting to open back up, it is expected that for many organizations, [...]

Pink Shirt Day: How to Prevent Workplace Bullying

By | February 19th, 2020|Workplace Investigations|

Bullying and harassment in the workplace is a major issue that impacts not only the psychological well being of staff but also the overall health and safety of the workplace.  According to a 2018 Forum Research survey, more than 55% of Canadians said they either have been bullied or have witnessed bullying on the job. Further findings [...]

Can Employees Sue for Workplace Harassment?

By | January 22nd, 2020|HR Advisory, Workplace Investigations|

Responsible employers understand their duty to maintain a safe work environment under the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act or similar laws in other jurisdictions, since failure to comply can result in liability. However, changes to employment law in Canada are continuous, and employers need to be aware of the impacts. Canada's Ever-Evolving Employment Law Landscape Currently [...]

‘Tis The Season To Prevent Corporate Holiday Party Shenanigans

By | December 4th, 2019|HR Advisory, Workplace Investigations|

If your business is hosting a holiday party this year, facing liability issues as a result of inappropriate party behaviour is a sure fast way to douse jolly spirits. As an employer, you must do everything you can to ensure the safety of your employees and guests, especially if alcohol is involved. Holiday parties are [...]

When HR Gets It Wrong: Employer Faces Steep Consequences for Failing to Investigate Harassment

By | November 13th, 2019|Workplace Investigations|

If we can learn anything from recent workplace harassment headlines, it's that companies don't always get it right. In fact, in the case of Heidi Bassanese, a 73-year-old administrator, her employer got it very wrong. What Happened Bassanese worked in an administrative role at German Canadian News Co. Ltd (GCN) for nearly two decades before being wrongfully terminated. [...]

The Limits of #MeToo

By | October 9th, 2019|Workplace Investigations|

The #MeToo movement has opened doors and set the stage for organizations to step up and fully address behaviours that have come under scrutiny, since conversations about sexual assault and harassment in the workplace have been brought into the open. Harassment, bullying, and discrimination come in many forms, and it's the law in Alberta for [...]

5 Key Steps for a Proper Workplace Investigation

By | September 9th, 2019|Workplace Investigations|

Issues arise amongst employees every day, and it's your job, as the employer, to manage these differences and determine when further action is required. Issues may be brought to your attention by the affected employee, but you may also become aware when others report, or by merely observing workplace behaviour. Most office friction can be [...]