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Category: Human Rights

Increasing Damages for Sexual Assault in the Workplace

By , June 23, 2018 10:32 am

On average, damages awarded to an employee for a breach of the Human Rights Code, remain relatively low, typically $10,000 to $15,000. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recognizes that low-value awards for discrimination and harassment create a license to discriminate. Following that message, it recently released two significant decisions that reflect a willingness to Continue Reading…

Parental Leave and EI: confusion from the 2018 Budget

By , April 2, 2018 12:14 pm

We often receive calls about employees’ rights to maternity leave and parental leave.  The law in this area can be complicated and confusing. Recent media reports about the 2018 Federal Budget have not helped clarify the situation. What was Reported Many media outlets reported that the Budget includes a new leave for fathers. The reporting 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…

Pregnancy, Parental, and Maternity Leave 101 (Provincial)

By , March 5, 2018 11:18 am

Pregnancy, Parental, and Maternity Leave 101 (Provincial) We often receive calls from expecting parents asking about their rights to maternity leave or parental leave and benefits once their child arrives.  This article reviews the rights for employees of provincially regulated companies in Ontario. If you work for a federally regulated company, like a bank or 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…

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