As part of the overhaul of Ontario’s labour and employment legislation, effective January 1, 2018, employees are now entitled to a new job-protected leave of absence – sexual or domestic violence leave. This statutory leave of absence is part of the government’s effort to end gender-based violence as it requiresRead More →
Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Rules That It Is Discriminatory To Deny Group Benefits To Employees Aged 65 and Older
We have reported before on the case of Wayne Talos and the Grand Erie District School Board. Mr. Talos was a teacher who chose to continue working past the age of 65, but was denied further benefit coverage due to his age.
Following a lengthy hearing, the Human Rights Tribunal ruledRead More →
Start: February 14, 2018, 12:00 PM EST
End: February 14, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
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2018 has arrived with a roar as workplaces across Canada grapple with significant changes to the country’s workplace laws.
Join us for a complimentary 1 hour webinar where we’ll highlight the changes you need toRead More →
The Ontario government has just passed the Bill 148 which amends the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act with a target effective date of January 1, 2018. The Bill still needs to receive Royal Assent.
Key changes to the Employment Standards Act will include:
- Raising the general minimum wage to Read More →
On June 19, 2017, the Governor General signed Bill C-16 into law, amending the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. Here’s what you need to know about the changes:
Canadian Human Rights Act
The Canadian Human Rights Act applies to federally-regulated employers and service providers, such as banks, airlines, andRead More →
In a July 2016 decision, Providence Health Care v. Dunkley, 2016 BCSC 1383, the British Columbia Supreme Court held that Providence Health Care (PHC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) failed to establish that the costs of providing interpreter services for a deaf medical resident constituted undue hardship.
The decisionRead More →
General damages awarded by human rights tribunals are intended to compensate for discrimination and to act as a deterrent.
The Alberta Human Rights Act provides no statutory limit on how much general damages can be awarded. However, in the past general damages awarded by the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta (theRead More →
Both the British Columbia and the Federal Government have recently introduced legislation to amend their respective human rights legislation to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected grounds of discrimination. These amendments will mean that individuals will have a right under the respective legislation to make a complaintRead More →
Technological developments and the need for employers to monitor employees’ activities and to minimize accidents and hazards require constant adjustments in order to respect the right to privacy. While it may be tempting for employers to replace old surveillance methods with new technologies capable of watching their personnel’s every move,Read More →
The Final Word? The Ontario Court of Appeal upholds an astounding 10 years of back pay and employee reinstatement
Readers of this blog may recall reading in 2014 about the Ontario Divisional Court upholding the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s order for 10 years of back pay and employee reinstatement. The decision was reached in the case of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board v. Fair and can be read about inRead More →