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Yes Your Employees May Be Legally Entitled To Time Off Work To Watch Their Kids, Even If They Give You No Advance Notice

We recently came across this new Ontario human rights decision in the course of advising an Alberta employer on an employee child care issue. There are relatively few Alberta decisions that speak to this issue, so Alberta employers often have to look for guidance from the Ontario, British Columbia, and Federal tribunals and courts, when … Continue Reading

Ho Ho Holy Moly! – Did You Hear What Happened At The Company Holiday Party?

The holiday season is a jolly-busy time to be an employment lawyer. Not only do we get to spend time with our friends and families, but we are also often asked to help our clients deal with the fallout of the infamous alcohol induced holiday party incident.  Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth … Continue Reading

Free Alberta Webinar on Workplace Harassment Policies

On October 14, 2015, the Alberta Human Rights Commission will host a complimentary webinar entitled: Developing and Implementing an Effective Harassment Prevention Policy in the Workplace. A workplace harassment policy is not strictly required under Alberta’s current Alberta Human Rights or Occupational Health and Safety legislation. However, we anticipate that amendments are forthcoming to the … Continue Reading

Drug and Alcohol Policies in Alberta

Dylan Snowdon In Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corporation, 2015 ABCA 225, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Human Rights Tribunal that the termination of a safety sensitive employee involved in a workplace incident while under the influence of cocaine did not constitute discrimination. We have been following this case for … Continue Reading

Alberta Human Rights Commission – E-Learning

The Alberta Human Rights Act provides protection from discrimination based on grounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income and sexual orientation. In late 2014, the Alberta Human Rights Commission uploaded several short videos on YouTube as part of its … Continue Reading

Look to Ontario for Guidance on Gender Identity and Gender Expression Discrimination

Gender identity and gender expression are not expressly protected grounds under the Alberta Human Rights Act. It has been recently reported in the news that the Alberta Government is considering amending the Act to add both of these grounds. Alberta employers should keep in mind two things petaining to gender identity and gender expression. First, both … Continue Reading