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Ignoring the Elephant in the Room: The Cost of Not Asking an Employee with a Disability if She Needs Accommodation

By , October 28, 2014 11:38 am

The Question One of the questions employers ask me is, “If I think someone has a disability, do I have to ask whether the person needs accommodation?”   When the Question Can Arise This question can arise when an employer believes an employee has an alcohol or substance abuse addiction. It can also arise when Continue Reading…

Childbearing and Elderly Caring: How to respond to requests for family status accommodation

By , January 3, 2017 9:07 am

Because of changes in demographics and other reasons, employees are increasingly asking for changed work schedules or time off work to care for children and elderly parents. Depending on the size of the business and the employee’s duties these requests can create real problems. As a result, employers often ask us whether a request for Continue Reading…

Preventing Legal Fires: Employment Contracts, No Discrimination Policies and Disability Management Programs

By , November 11, 2014 10:38 am

I have been providing employment law advice to employers for over 25 years. I provide preventive advice and I put out legal fires. When I provide the former services I am a solicitor and when I provide the latter I am a barrister. For various reasons, small employers are generally reluctant to pay a solicitor Continue Reading…

Is Your Organization Compliant with AODA? It Should Be. Here’s Why

By , November 27, 2017 5:29 pm

Did you know that employers with 20 or more employees are required to file a report with the Ontario government confirming they have complied with their obligations under the Accessibility with Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) by December 31, 2017? Employment Standard This regulation under AODA applies to all employers. It  requires an employer to Continue Reading…

Everything You Need to Know About Ontario’s Employment Laws

By , September 26, 2017 9:35 am

Now that I have your attention, let me outline three things you need to know. The Ministry of Labour is devoting considerably more resources to enforcing the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) and your organization is more likely to be inspected. Earlier this year, the government announced it was hiring an additional 175 enforcement officers. Continue Reading…

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