Safety incidents: the right to remain silent versus the obligation to speak

January 29, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Deanah Shelly

What if this happens at your Canadian facility: One of your employees witnesses a workplace incident. Soon, enforcement officers are on-site investigating the incident. They may be police officers, health and safety inspectors, or environmental officers. One of the investigating officers asks the employee to assist and provide a witness statement. What should the employee do? What are the employee’s rights?

This split-second decision can have long-term and far-reaching legal implications for that employee, the employee’s coworkers, and your organization. Employees in such a situation might risk being charged with obstructing justice or inadvertently providing evidence to implicate themselves or others.

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Are you prepared for a search warrant?

August 14, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Deanah Shelly

You’ve watched True Detective and Law & Order. You’ve seen search warrants in action. The police need them to gather evidence involving murder, illegal drugs, and firearms. But beware! Search warrants can also be served on your workplace. read more…