Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith is the editor of Canadian Employment Law Today, a sister publication of COS, writing on news and developments in employment and labour law across Canada. He graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). He has written on many prominent court and arbitration decisions and has interviewed a number of experts on various topics relating to employment law in Canada. He also writes on employment law and safety issues for Canadian HR Reporter, also a sister publication of COS, including a regular blog. Jeffrey has hosted numerous webinars and podcasts featuring experts in the HR and legal professions. He can be reached at jeffrey.smith@keymedia.com.

Open for business — and to risks

Employers are faced with safety, legal challenges as they move towards welcoming employees back to the workplace

Open for business — and to risks

Knowledge is power – and safe

Staying informed through the proper channels and involved in the process can help businesses navigate Canada’s changing safety standards

Knowledge is power – and safe

Employer cleared for delaying return to safety-sensitive work

Medical note suggested return date, but employer requested more information

Employer cleared for delaying return to safety-sensitive work

Tribunal puts a stop to bus driver’s work refusal

‘A reasonable person wouldn’t see this as a real risk to the worker’s safety’

Tribunal puts a stop to bus driver’s work refusal

Never too busy for investigations

If employers can’t find time to investigate harassment, they’ll pay damages later

Never too busy for investigations

‘Part of the job’ no excuse for workplace violence

Health-care employers not meeting OHS obligations to protect workers

‘Part of the job’ no excuse for workplace violence

Making trauma more traumatic

Mental injuries can be complicated and often need time and understanding during recovery

Making trauma more traumatic

A flu shot in the dark

Should health-care employees be required to get flu shots, or is it too much of an imposition?

A flu shot in the dark

The difference between employee disagreements and harassment

Employers should look into all harassment complaints

The difference between employee disagreements and harassment

Employers can help workers recover from personal traumatic events

It doesn't have to be work-related for companies to step in and support the mental health of their workers

Employers can help workers recover from personal traumatic events