2016: What Does Harassment Mean Now?

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Blaney McMurtry LLP

2 Queen Street East

#1500

Toronto, ON M5C 3G5

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Registration and Networking

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.








“Bullying” and other non-Human Rights Code Harassment

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

William Anderson

Harassment outside of the Human Rights Code, including bullying, OHSA, and managing employees “nicely”.


Anderson

Sexual Harassment and Harassment under the Human Rights Code

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Maria Kotsopoulos

Jodi Solomon

Sexual harassment is an issue that has been prominent in the media of late and a focus of the legislature. What changes will Bill 132 bring about? What obligations do Bill 132 and the Human Rights Code impose on employers?


Kotsopoulos

Solomon

Civil liability for Harassment?

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

David Greenwood

Allegations of bullying and harassing conduct in the workplace are becoming a more common occurrence. This raises the question of whether employers can be civilly liable for damages sustained by employees resulting from this type of misconduct. We will examine this issue and sort out the risks employers face when confronted with these claims.

David Greenwood


Workers Compensation and Traumatic Mental Stress Claims

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Jack Siegel

Program participants are likely to be familiar with the notion of civil claims brought by employees for intentional infliction of mental distress. Less well known is the notion of claiming Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits for such conditions, where the employer’s intention is irrelevant, since WSIB claims are allowed on a “no fault” basis. We will review the circumstances under which such claims may be allowed, and consider the potential liabilities to employers under the experience rating plans operated by the WSIB.

Jack Siegel


Cyberbullies: Privacy and technology issues in the modern workplace

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Christopher McClelland

A look at the opportunities and pitfalls associated with the increasing integration of email, social media and smartphones in the workplace as they relate to harassment. Topics covered include: (i) monitoring employee internet, email and social media use; (ii) the ever-expanding scope of the “privacy torts” that allow a person to bring an action (perhaps even against an employer) for breach of privacy; and (iii) the extent of an employer’s obligation to protect employees from cyberbullying.

Christopher McClelland


What’s Different in a Union Shop?

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Mark Geiger

Is there anything different in a unionized setting? What are the obligations of unionized employers? What obligations do unions have?


Mark Geiger

Q & A

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.


Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Blaney McMurtry LLP

2 Queen Street East

#1500

Toronto, ON M5C 3G5

Canada

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