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 [email protected].

'Why I oughta…'

Indirect threats are a risk to workplace safety that employers should take seriously

'Why I oughta…'

Suspension of truck driver allowed because of safety concerns

'This was not a disciplinary action, but an intervention'

Suspension of truck driver allowed because of safety concerns

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

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