Busy year on legal front

Privacy, ‘corporate killing’ and bullying dominate
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2005

On the employment law front, 2004 was a particularly interesting year. The new federal privacy law came into force, and British Columbia and Alberta passed similar legislation. It didn’t take long for the first employment-related privacy complaints to be filed.

Bill C-45, also known as the “corporate killing” law, became the law of the land, allowing criminal charges to be filed against co-workers, supervisors and executives in occupational health and safety accidents.

Quebec passed a new law pushing workplace bullying into the spotlight and the province expects more than 2,000 complaints in the first year. The psychological harassment law gives the province the power to order fines, punitive damages and the re-instatement of employees.