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  • Image: "Plating DNA Samples" by kqedquest is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Is a Canadian employer permitted to fire an employee based on a genetic predisposition to develop a disability?  Can it defend WCB claims based on genetic predispositions? Can an employer require employees to submit to genetic testing? Can insurance companies deny...

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Last week we began looking at the recently published federal Work Place Harassment and Violence Regulations (Regulations).   The Regulations contain requirements on federally regulated employers to comply with their obligations under the Canada Labour Code (CLC) harassment and violence prevention...

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Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, received Royal Assent on October 25, 2018. Bill C-65 will be force on...

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Earlier this year, the Privacy Commissioners of British Columbia (OIPC BC), Alberta (OIPC AB) and Quebec and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)  announced that they were commencing a joint investigation into the use of facial recognition...

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  • Photo: "Coronavirus Research" by danielfoster437 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
In March, 2020, concerns began to mount over covid-19. We heard that certain group gatherings resulted in outbreaks of the virus. Some of these events involved health care professionals.  An Alberta outbreak was traced to an Edmonton curling bonspiel. More than...

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“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was” (Joseph Hall).   Words, once spoken, can be impossible to ever take back. This includes social media posts. Social...

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  • Photo: "Eid Mubarak Greeting Cards" by Rimana Zaman is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
This time of year, many of us are busy preparing for the upcoming holiday season. It is important to remember that the two biggest holidays of the year – Christmas and Easter- arise from one faith tradition. Of course, not everyone shares...

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  • Photo: "196/365 - What have I done?" by TheRogue is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
What is the “right to be forgotten”? Does it exist in Canada? This right arises from a 2014 decision of the European Union Court of Justice, commonly referred to as the “Google Spain” decision.  Google Spain Decision The case arose from announcements published...

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When an organization becomes aware of a potential problem, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, drug use or trafficking, embezzlement or safety violations, one of the first things to do is investigate. Whether you are a complainant, an employee under investigation, a...

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  • Photo: "sshhh. dont say it! the x-word is the un-word of the day. and tomorrow!" by pieceoplastic is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
How many times have you heard it?   You ask for important information on wait lists to get into a desired program: how many people are on the wait list? How many in a certain category?  You ask for certain information about...

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