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Category: Human Rights Code

Top 10 Employment Law Developments in 2017

By , December 4, 2017 1:43 pm

In 2017, the provincial legislature and Ontario judges continued to change Ontario’s employment laws. These changes resulted in higher payroll costs and a more regulated workplace. This blog briefly identifies 10 employment law developments from the past year. 1.Changes to the Employment Standards Act. Many changes were made to this law in November. Most of these Continue Reading…

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.

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…

Why Asking Your Employee to “Go Clubbing” Could Cost You

By , September 19, 2017 11:36 am

Most employers understand that sexual harassment at work is against the law. Despite this, sexual harassment is still pervasive in Ontario workplaces. Where managers and employers can get into trouble is the area of sexual solicitation. The Human Rights Code states that employees have the right to be free from advances in the workplace from those able Continue Reading…

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