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Month: September 2020

Workplace Conflict Vs. Bullying

For those of your with Lexology accounts, we recommend this two-part series on Prima Facia considerations regarding workplace conflict and bullying.

Is it Workplace Conflict or Bullying? Prima Facie Considerations

Read part 1 on Lexology

Read part 2 on Lexology

Online Video Conferencing Resources

COVID-19 pushed workplaces to adopt new technology to bridge the challenges of working through social distancing practices, but it’s been a steep learning curve for many of us. Here are three great resources and one pieces of humour we wanted to share on using online video conferencing platforms like Zoom.

Through the Lens – Tips for Conducting an Effective Video Interview

Join Allison West, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, AWI-CH, attorney, investigator, trainer and founder of Employment Practices Specialists, as she shares best practices and tips for conducting effective video interviews.

Watch the free webinar on i-Sight

Body Language Tips for Effective Communication Over Video Conferencing

One area that many advocates can improve on is body language. Body language is a significant part of how we communicate and it does not lose its importance over video. If anything, body language is more important, as your audience will likely be focused on the small image of you that they see on the screen. The following tips will help you be mindful of the signals your body is communicating.

Read the full article on ADR Toolbox

Workplace disputes can opt for online resolution

Even though courts across the province are hearing only essential and urgent matters, B.C. businesses and residents can still resolve conflicts and disputes while maintaining social-distancing guidelines.

Read the full article on Business in Vancouver

Canadian & US Supreme Court views re: Zoom

A bit of humour from Alex Su’s LinkedIn

Mediation Resources

Looking for mediation tips and guides for your workplace? Here are a few great resources we’ve come across lately.

40 Mediation Advocacy Tips for Ontario Lawyers

The 40 tips in this e-book are intended to apply to the mediation of
most civil disputes in Ontario. They are also applicable to the
mediation of other types of disputes, with necessary modifications for
procedure and practice. The tips are based on my mediation
experience as a lawyer and mediator. They also draw on themes and
topics I have written and spoken about over the last decade.

Read the full ebook from Mitchell Rose

5 tips for effectively managing conflict

Many of us have been testing our conflict management skills recently. We are working in new ways, homeschooling children, spending endless hours sheltering in place with family members, and trying to maintain at least six-feet apart from others when we venture into the world to obtain essential supplies. Conflict can be defined as “any situation in which the concerns of two people appear to be incompatible.” Gaining self-awareness and taking time to fine-tune conflict management skills have never been more important.

Read the full article on Reno Gazette Journal

Why Your Company Should Be Integrating Meditation in the Workplace?

I’ve been speaking with many entrepreneurs over the past weeks. Through all the conversations, one thing became clear: stress levels have gone through the roof with the current crisis. It’s understandable, and I’m tempted to call the heightened stress a result of our current crisis.

Read the full article on Inc 42

Performance Vs. Trust

Facebook post from Simon Su

Preventing Workplace Harassment and Violence

There are new rules and guidelines for preventing workplace harassment and violence. Here are two good resources to help keep you up-to-date.

New Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Rules for Federally-Regulated Employers

The Government of Canada has published significant changes to the workplace harassment and violence provisions of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”).

Read the full article on Lexology

Bill C-65 and the prevention of harassment and violence

2020 was supposed to be the year that Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence)¹ came into force.

Read the full article on Lexology

News on police harassment, brutality and ethics

Here are three articles relating to issues within police forces we wanted to share.

Ottawa police launch project to tackle sexual violence and harassment in its ranks

The [Ottawa Police Service] last week refused to detail the numbers but revealed the cases on Monday as part of announcing a joint project with the police board to tackle workplace sexual violence and sexual harassment, prompted by multiple allegations of sexual harassment against the second-in-command of the entire organization.

Read the full article on the Ottawa Citizen

‘We need to raise the bar’: Ottawa police launch ethics and respect directorate amid string of misconduct probes

After a spate of recent misconduct investigations involving multiple Ottawa police officers, the service has officially launched a new directorate to deal with workplace harassment, discrimination and ethics.

Read the full article on the Ottawa Citizen

Police brutality: Let’s get serious — training can’t touch this

In Chicago, the police department is calling for mandatory training — specifically on what is called “positional asphyxiation.” Calls for training are not only too little, too late, but they are a common institutional response to crises around racism, discrimination, harassment and abuse. Even former Vice President Joe Biden is advocating for much the same. 

But is that the answer? 

Read the full article on The Hill

Workplace safety through COVID-19

As many employees are returning to on-location work lately, we wanted to share two helpful resources on workplace safety guides through COVID-19.

COVID-19 Return-to-Work Checklist from a Canadian Employment Law Perspective

As workplaces across Canada begin to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of considerations for employers and employees. Regard must be had to compliance with federal and provincial occupational safety and health legislation (“OSHA”) and return to work guidelines.

Read the full article on JD Supra

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Use this template to document how your organization will keep workers and other people safe at your workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. How to develop your COVID-19 safety plan: A guide for Ontario workplaces explains what you should think about and gives examples to help you come up with your plan.

Download the full free WordDoc from the Ontario Government