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Category: Discrimination

Amendments to Increase Human Rights Protections for Ontarians

By , December 4, 2018 10:05 am

Various members of the Ontario legislature are working to give additional human rights protections to Ontarians. Bill 35, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2018 is a private member’s bill brought by Liberal MPP, Nathalie Des Rosiers.  Whereas Progressive Conservative MPP, Christina Mita introduced Bill 40, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act (Genetic Characteristics), 2018, Continue Reading…

Can an Employer Refuse to Hire You Because You Are Not a Permanent Resident or Citizenship of Canada?

By , September 25, 2018 1:04 pm

Have you ever been denied a job interview or a position based on your citizenship status? Some employers have attempted to develop pre-employment requirements and policies to deal with the tension between devoting time and resources to new employees and hiring someone who may be temporary. A recent decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Continue Reading…

An End to Legislated Age Discrimination?

By , August 16, 2018 12:56 pm

An End to Legislated Age Discrimination? Employees in Ontario are retiring later than ever.  Life expectancies have consistently risen and people now work into their sixties and seventies in order to support themselves as they live into their eighties and nineties.  Gone are the days of “Freedom 55.” Older employees are not, however, often receiving Continue Reading…

Seeing Through the Smoke: Employees’ Rights and the Legalization of Cannabis

By , August 9, 2018 2:09 pm

On October 17, 2018, Bill C-45, (the “Cannabis Act”) is scheduled to take effect. In essence, this bill will make smoking or ingesting cannabis legal in Canada, and will create a legal framework for its sale and possession. While provinces will each have the power to control how cannabis will be used and sold, individual 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…

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