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Category: Human Rights

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…

Employee Protections during Police Record Checks

By , November 14, 2018 4:14 pm

Often employers require a new hire to provide a police record checks. Starting November 1, 2018 changes made under the Ontario’s Police Record Checks Reform Act will be in force. Previously, police record checks were not regulated in Ontario. With the new Reform Act in force, the police record checks process becomes standardized across Ontario 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…

Increasing Damages for Sexual Assault in the Workplace

By , June 23, 2018 10:32 am

On average, damages awarded to an employee for a breach of the Human Rights Code, remain relatively low, typically $10,000 to $15,000. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recognizes that low-value awards for discrimination and harassment create a license to discriminate. Following that message, it recently released two significant decisions that reflect a willingness to Continue Reading…

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