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SCC Broadens Scope of Workplace Discrimination

We’ve all heard that work has changed in Canada. One of the biggest shifts is that more Canadians are participating in the “gig economy”, meaning they work on a short-term,... Read more

New PTSD Presumptions for Workers in Nova Scotia and PEI

Employers in Nova Scotia and PEI take note: recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Acts in both provinces add new provisions that will impact how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims... Read more

Be Careful When Using Term Contracts in the “Gig Economy”

In our “gig economy”, employers are increasingly resorting to written term contracts, sometimes of considerable length. Read more

Are Your Company’s Termination Clauses Enforceable?

When hiring a new employee or starting a new job, few of us imagine what will happen if that employment relationship ends. Read more

How Might the “Right to Disconnect” Impact Your Workplace?

The challenge of the “always on” workplaceWhen France passed the world’s first “right to disconnect” legislation in January 2017, the consensus in North America seemed to be that such legislation... Read more

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Upholds WCAT Decision to Deny Medical Cannabis Coverage

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal recently considered the issue of medical cannabis in the context of workers’ compensation in Skinner v Nova Scotia (Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal), 2018 NSCA 23. Read more

NS Human Rights Commission Introduces Free Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Course

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission just launched a free online course for employers aimed at educating managers and employees on responding to workplace sexual harassment. Read more

Supporting Our ELA Colleagues in Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts

Barteaux Durnford is proud to highlight its participation with the Employment Law Alliance in raising $21,000 USD for relief efforts in Dominica following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Read more

Labour Board to Review Casual Employee Policy

The Nova Scotia Labour Board's Policy on Casual Employees could change. Learn more about these proposed changes and how they may impact unionized workplaces.

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Top 10 Labour and Employment Boutique!

We are happy to announce Barteaux Durnford has been chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 Labour and Employment boutiques! Read more

Workplace Investigations FAQs - Part Three

Reducing the cost of workplace investigations - Part 3 of our FAQs series for employers and HR professionals in Atlantic Canada

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Workplace Investigations FAQs - Part Two

But we're so busy! Conducting an investigation in a busy workplace in the second installment of our Workplace Investigations FAQ series. 

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