Severance Packages and Police Chief Bill Blair

By , August 15, 2014 9:45 am

Recently, the Toronto Police Service Board decided not to renew Police Chief Bill Blair’s employment contract for a third term.  The Toronto Sun reported that Chief Blair’s contract states he would be paid one year’s salary if he was terminated. Mayor Rob Ford was reported to have said that “the average person does not get Continue Reading…

Starting a Small Claims Court Action Just got Easier

By , August 14, 2014 4:03 pm

Currently, a claim for unpaid wages, vacation pay and termination pay can be brought to the Ministry of Labour as a complaint under the Employment Standards Act, but the maximum you can obtain is generally $10,000. If you claim for termination pay then you generally cannot bring a wrongful dismissal action in the courts. If Continue Reading…

Ontario’s New Mental Health Disability Policy: A Big Step Forward

By , July 31, 2014 9:42 am

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (“the OHRC”) recently released a new policy on mental health disabilities and addictions. This new policy recognizes that people with mental health disabilities and addictions “have faced considerable and longstanding discrimination, stigmatization and social exclusion in Canada and across the world“. The new policy is a big step forward for Continue Reading…

Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Ontario

By , July 22, 2014 3:55 pm

Discrimination can occur in a variety of settings including the workplace. The Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”) protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation during their in employment. Protection in employment includes freedom from harassment and discrimination. It also includes the right to be free from a poisoned work environment. Examples of harassment or Continue Reading…

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By , June 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to occur in Ontario on a regular basis. I frequently meet women and men who have been sexually harassed at work. Like them, you may find certain behaviour unwelcome and offensive but may not recognize it as sexual harassment. For example, did you know that the Ontario Human Rights Commission considers the Continue Reading…

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