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Religious Accommodation – Will Your Need be Accommodated?

By , September 29, 2014 2:29 pm

In August, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that she will not grant an exemption to permit Sikh motorcycle riders to wear turbans instead of helmets. The reason for this – safety. This decision is an example of the conflict between religious accommodation and safety. This conflict can occur in the workplace forcing employees to choose Continue Reading…

Gender Expression – Interpreted

By , September 29, 2014 2:13 pm

In 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”) was amended to include ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ as protected grounds. This was a big step forward for the protection of Trans persons’ rights in Ontario.  However, there have been very few decisions from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario interpreting and applying these new protections Continue Reading…

If the mayor takes a drug test for work, do you have to?

By , September 26, 2014 4:10 pm

On August 20, the National Post reported that Mayor Rob Ford agreed to take a drug and alcohol test as part of his campaign for re-election.  The Mayor questioned whether that requirement could be extended to other elected or non-elected public servants. Whether you are a public servant or not, drug and alcohol testing in Continue Reading…

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…

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