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Category: discrimination

Significant Changes Coming to the Human Rights Code

By , November 17, 2017 1:09 pm

Bill 164, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017 passed second reading by the Ontario government on October 26, 2017 and has been referred to Standing Committee. The Bill proposes to make significant changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). It proposes to add immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records, and social conditions as human rights grounds. The Continue Reading…

#Metoo #Himtoo #Youtoo – Sexual Harassment and Violence at Work

By , October 31, 2017 5:15 pm

Following #metoo, what needs to happen for there to be a positive culture shift? Here are my suggestions for how to reduce sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.

Can my organization implement a drug testing policy at the workplace?

By , July 24, 2017 10:24 am

If you’ve been following the news over the last few months, you know that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the union’s injunction against the TTC’s random drug and alcohol testing policy. More recently, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the termination of an employee who was terminated for violating his employer’s Continue Reading…

Employer Obligations: Pregnancy and Parental Leaves

By , May 1, 2017 2:10 pm

We often get calls from employers asking about their rights and obligations toward employees seeking pregnancy and parental leaves. Applicable Legislation About 90% of employees are provincially regulated and in Ontario the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) is the governing legislation. For more information about the ESA, click here. Federally regulated employers such as banks, Continue Reading…

Wrongful Dismissal Update: The Number of Damage Claims Being Awarded By Trial Judges are Going Up

By , January 17, 2017 8:45 am

Once upon a time, employees did not sign employment contracts with termination clauses and employment lawyers fought over the appropriate “reasonable” notice period.  In 2017, employees now often claim, among other things, wrongful dismissal damages, human rights damages, moral or Wallace damages, punitive damages, and damages for the intentional infliction of mental stress. By way Continue Reading…

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