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HTMLEmployee Dismissed for Demanding Bonus and Saying that Employer “Could Fire Him”, Not For Raising Safety Concerns, Court Decides
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014
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 retaliation for raising safety concerns.

 

HTMLFailing to Correct Hazards, Pay OSHA Fines Gets U.S. Business Owner Taken into Custody
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on November 11, 2014
An Illinois business owner has been taken into custody after his business failed to correct serious trenching hazards and pay Occupational Safety and Health Administration penalties. The case illustrates the personal risk to business owners and executives who neglect occupational health and safety...

 

HTMLEbola Preparedness for Employers: U.S. OSHA Launches Ebola Web Page
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an Ebola Web Page for employers providing information on Ebola and how to protect workers.

 

HTMLOntario Ministry of Labour Inspector Charged with Extortion
Chelsea Rasmussen; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014
According to a Toronto Police news release, on October 21, 2014, a Ministry of Labour Inspector was arrested and charged with breach of trust, accepting a benefit from a person having dealings with government, and extortion, after he allegedly requested money from the owner of a business after a...

 

HTMLWorker Who Spread Rumour that MOL Inspector “Paid Off” by Company, and that Company Was Closing, Was Fired for Cause
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014
A worker who contacted a Ministry of Labour inspector with safety concerns but didn’t get the answer he wanted, and then spread rumours that the MOL inspector had been “paid off” by the company, was dismissed for cause, an Ontario judge has decided.

 

HTMLNew Ontario Safety Blitz Targets Large Number of Industrial Workplaces
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
The Ontario Ministry of Labour will conduct a safety blitz of industrial workplaces from November 3rd to December 14th, 2014.

 

HTMLCourt Considers Safety, Fatigue of Replacement Workers in Granting Picketing Injunction
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014
A British Columbia judge has considered an employer’s concerns for the safety of replacement workers, in granting an injunction against picketing workers.

 

HTML“An Employee Does Not Necessarily Get One Free Sexual Harassment Before He Loses His Job”, Says Arbitrator in Upholding Dismissal for Facebook Harassment, Threats
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014
An arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a unionized employee for one incident of sexual harassment and threats on Facebook.

 

HTMLTrucker Who Punched Customer in the Mouth Was Fired for Cause
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014
One would think it self-evident that employees who punch a customer’s employee in the face may be dismissed for just cause. But it took an appeal for an employer to win on that issue.

 

HTMLOwner/Developer Was Not Responsible for Civil Damages Sustained in a Workplace Incident 20 Years Ago
Cristina Wendel; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
Over 20 years after a workplace incident that seriously injured a worker, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has dismissed the worker’s civil action against a developer.

 


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