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Category: Health & Safety

Seeing Through the Smoke: Employees’ Rights and the Legalization of Cannabis

By , August 9, 2018 2:09 pm

On October 17, 2018, Bill C-45, (the “Cannabis Act”) is scheduled to take effect. In essence, this bill will make smoking or ingesting cannabis legal in Canada, and will create a legal framework for its sale and possession. While provinces will each have the power to control how cannabis will be used and sold, individual Continue Reading…

Pregnancy, Parental and Maternity Leave 102 (Federal)

By , March 5, 2018 11:30 am

PREGNANCY, PARENTAL AND MATERNITY LEAVE 102 We often receive calls from expecting parents asking about their rights to benefits and time off work once their child arrives.  This article reviews the rights for employees of federally regulated companies in Canada, like banks and airlines. If you work for a provincially regulated company, see here. An Continue Reading…

Broader Protections from Harassment While Working

By , February 9, 2018 12:31 pm

Recently, the Supreme Court recognized the changing nature of employment relationships and that harassment and discrimination can occur at work whether coming from a boss, co-worker, or fellow contractor. The Case In British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62 Mohammadreza Sheikhzadeh-Mashgoul worked as a civil engineer consultant.  He worked on a job Continue Reading…

A No Cost Process for Claiming Damages If You Are Fired for Asserting Your Employment Rights

By , August 25, 2017 11:54 am

If you are punished for asking your employer to comply with the Employment Standards Act there is a no-cost complaint process available to you. In particular, you can file a complaint with the Ontario Ministry of Labour and an Employment Standards Officer will investigate your claim at no cost to you. Riverdale Hospitality Inc. v. Continue Reading…

Are You Entitled to Damages if You are Harassed at Work?

By , March 17, 2017 10:22 am

The short answer is in some cases yes. Damages under the Ontario Human Rights Code You can obtain damages if you have been harassed because of your race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status or disability, or because Continue Reading…

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