April 19, 2023

Upcoming Webinar:

Ask the Investigator: Sexual Harassment Investigations


As employees return to work we are seeing an increase in sexual harassment complaints.  When it comes to investigating these complaints, employers must be mindful of the unique issues they will face and the risks of attempting such an investigation without the right experience or tools.   We will review relevant cases with you to identify […]

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February 3, 2023

Upcoming Webinar:

Ask the Investigator: Bias and its Consequences


Each of us brings our own experience and perspective to a given task.  When it comes to conducting a workplace investigation, we believe we are always neutral but there may be elements to a complaint or just the people involved that evoke strong feelings within us.  In some cases, we may be unaware of this […]

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February 2, 2023

Upcoming Webinar:

Ask the Investigator: Managing the External Investigator


As an employer you may need to retain an external investigator to help you conduct an investigation.  However, sometimes these arrangements fall off the rails or the investigator goes rogue.  Issues that we’ve seen include the investigator not communicating with the employer, going beyond their mandate and cost escalates beyond what you expected.  Instead of […]

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December 21, 2022

New Article:

The Challenge with Mitigation


Dismissing an employee can be expensive.  However, some employers add to the cost by being overly litigious.  We recently argued, and won, a case at the Ontario Court of Appeal that could have been resolved at mediation.  Learn more about the case and pitfalls to avoid.

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November 15, 2022

Upcoming Webinar:

Ask the Investigator: Duty to Cooperate


As an employer you have a duty to investigate complaints of bullying or harassment.  However, what do you do when you have an employee who is not willing to participate in an investigation?  It could be the employee is fearful because of the incident they have experienced, or simply because they would rather not be […]

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October 31, 2022

New Article:

Employers and Mitigation


When it comes to challenging an employee’s mitigation efforts, the Ontario Court of Appeal clarifies that employers bear the evidentiary burden. Read the decision

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October 12, 2022

Upcoming Webinar:

Ask the Investigator: PIP and Chronic Mental Stress Claims


Are your employees alleging harassment after being coached on their performance?  Have you had an employee take a leave of absence and claim compensation from the WSIB for chronical mental stress? Join us on October 27, 2022 to learn how to respond to respond to these situations and how the WSIB is treating claims for chronic mental […]

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September 13, 2022

New Article:

Are your Workplace Policies Working For You


When faced with a harassment complaint or the need to investigate misconduct, we often turn to our workplace policies to determine whether the alleged misconduct triggers an investigation. Th applicable Policy usually sets out the obligation for employees to treat others with dignity and respect, and usually includes the steps to file a complaint if […]

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September 13, 2022

New Article:

Are your Workplace Policies Working For You


When faced with a harassment complaint or the need to investigate misconduct, we often turn to our workplace policies to determine whether the alleged misconduct triggers an investigation. Th applicable Policy usually sets out the obligation for employees to treat others with dignity and respect, and usually includes the steps to file a complaint if […]

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August 25, 2022

Upcoming Webinar:

Ask the Investigator: Workplace Policies


Is your workplace policy causing confusion and unnecessarily tying your hands when it comes to investigating complaints of bullying and harassment?
Join us on September 29, 2022 to learn about problematic language we’ve seen in workplace policies, and tips for how to improve your policies and procedures to add certainty and avoid confusion.

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