letter from the editor
This is my third October issue of HR Professional, and once
again it stands out as one of my favourites of the year. As
I’m sure many readers know, the October issue always focuses
on HR law as a theme.
The cover feature of this year’s HR law issue ties into one of
the themes of the upcoming Human Resources Professionals
Association (HRPA)’s HR Law Conference: The evolution of
human rights in the workplace. Janice Rubin and Titus Totan of
Rubin Thomlinson LLP wrote about 10 Canadian human rights
cases that have greatly impacted the field of workplace human
rights over the last 25 years. Read their article on page 22. If you
haven’t already, look into attending HRPA’s 25th annual HR Law
Conference on Oct. 20 at the St. Andrews Club and Conference
Centre in Toronto; the conference is also available as a webcast.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2bjlLWY. I hope to see
This issue also addresses other topics that HR professionals
will find interesting in regards to HR law: you’ll learn more about
the policies and procedures you might need concerning medical
marijuana in the workplace, and another article discusses how far
employers need to go to accommodate family status.
I hope that you enjoy and learn from this issue of HR Professional.
As always, I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.
VOLUME 33 / NUMBER 7 OCTOBER 2016
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