Pink Shirt Day: How to Prevent Workplace Bullying

By |2021-04-17T04:04:37-06:00February 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 |2020-01-22T10:15:38-07:00January 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:39-06:00December 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:40-06:00November 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:40-06:00October 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:41-06:00September 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 [...]

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