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…

Jian Ghomeshi: Legal Shades of Grey

By , October 28, 2014 9:05 am

The Jian Ghomeshi story: The Basics According to the Toronto Star “CBC star Jian Ghomeshi has been fired over “information” the public broadcaster recently received that it says “precludes” it from continuing to employ the 47-year-old host of the popular Q radio show. Further, “Over the past few months the Star has approached Ghomeshi with allegations from Continue Reading…

Employment Contracts: The Problem with Fixed-Term Employment Contracts

By , October 15, 2014 12:53 pm

I often get calls from an employer who has hired someone on short-term, fixed-term employment contract; that is, the person has been hired for 3 months, or 6 months, or a year. Sometimes the person has signed an employment contract, and sometimes she has not. In almost all cases, the employer would be in a Continue Reading…

The MacLeod Law Firm’s Next Seminar: Managing a Disabled Employee

By , October 7, 2014 5:02 pm

A Perfect Storm is Developing There is a perfect storm developing when it comes to managing disabled employees. The workforce is aging and some older workers can’t perform all of their job duties. The level of workforce stress is increasing which is causing more mental illness. The number of recognized mental disabilities is increasing. And Continue Reading…

Do employers have a duty to investigate a human rights complaint where no discrimination is found to exist?

By , September 25, 2014 3:59 pm

In a decision issued earlier this year, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario stated that an employer has no duty to investigate a human rights complaint unless discrimination is found to exist [Scaduto v. Insurance Search Bureau]. This decision seems to be in line with an earlier court case where the court concluded that liability Continue Reading…

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