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Category: Human Rights Code

Doug’s Top 10 Employment Law Stories of 2018

By , December 27, 2018 9:36 am

In 2018 there were many new developments in the employment law world. Here are my top 10 stories of the year: 1. Bill 148 Bit the Dust Ontario’s Employment Standards Act received its last major update in 2000. During the last three years, the Liberal provincial government consulted widely and introduced comprehensive changes to this Continue Reading…

Arbitrator Finds Undue Hardship for Employer to Hire an Employee with a Medical Cannabis Prescription in a Safety-Sensitive Workplace

By , December 4, 2018 11:14 am

With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada, employers are increasingly worried about its impact on safety-sensitive workplaces. Even though medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, similar concerns continue to exist about how to accommodate an employee where they hold a safety-sensitive position. In a 2018 arbitration decision, Arbitrator Roil dealt Continue Reading…

Do you only hire workers who can work in Canada on a permanent basis?

By , September 25, 2018 9:56 am

Imperial Oil Limited recently found out the hard way that imposing a Canadian citizen requirement as a job qualification can be a costly mistake. This case shows that the cost to respond to a human rights application filed by an unsuccessful job applicant can be significant even if a job applicant lies on his application Continue Reading…

A Benefit of Working Past 65: Employee Benefits Must Continue

By , July 31, 2018 12:21 pm

A recent human rights decision may result in Ontario employers paying higher premiums for group employee benefit plans. Mr. Talos was a secondary school teacher and decided to keep teaching after he turned 65 years old even though he could retire and receive a pension and other government benefits. He was financially motivated to continue Continue Reading…

Not Preventing Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Workplace is Now More Expensive

By , June 22, 2018 11:16 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. However, the HRTO recently released two significant decisions that reflect a willingness to award higher amounts. Both decisions involve sexual assault and sexual harassment against women in vulnerable circumstances. In both cases, the Continue Reading…

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