Recent allegations against Patrick Brown highlight the need for Bill C-65

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February 12, 2018
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An employee should not have to be subjected to sexual harassment in order to succeed in their career. Allegations of sexual misconduct against former Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader, Patrick Brown, highlight why Bill C-65 is necessary to enact stronger protection for Parliament Hill staff. But while Bill C-65 sounds like a promising first step, there is still legislative work to do.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Should I Do?

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January 18, 2018
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The sexual abuse allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein led to an outpouring of allegations against other powerful people in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The workplace is an especially vulnerable place due to the obvious power imbalance between employees and their supervisors. If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, what are your legal rights?

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Work Parties

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November 21, 2017
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With the holiday season upon us, ‘tis the season to talk about the night before Christmas we all look forward to at the workplace: the annual holiday work party. These celebrations come in all shapes and sizes: afternoon teas, gift exchanges, ugly sweater competitions, Christmas caroling, dinner, dancing – the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, so too are the possibilities for things to go wrong.

Just Cause: When Is It Justified?

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October 6, 2017
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Much of the work of employment lawyers involves dealing with people who have been terminated. One type of termination is for cause. In general terms, this is when the employer dismisses an employee for having done something wrong. What does this mean for the employee? And what are the obligations of the employer?

Top 5 Labour Law Movies/TV Episodes of All Time

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August 2, 2017
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How have unions been portrayed in popular film and television? In our latest Labour of Law blog post, Andrew Reinholdt looks at the best five movies and TV episodes that featured unions … and the one worst.

Bill C-16 and Transgender Rights

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July 19, 2017
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Last month Bill C-16 was finally given royal assent. The bill, which adds protection of gender identity and expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, received a 67-14 vote in favour of the bill in the Senate. The passing of the law is regarded by many as a historic moment, bringing federal human rights laws in line with the provinces and territories.

Team Google, World Internet Police?

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July 7, 2017
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Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada released its landmark ruling in the Google v Equustek case. The Google case is the latest chapter of a global shift that has seen neutral online intermediaries, like Google and Yahoo, conscripted into active enforcement roles. The impact of this ruling will play out globally in the coming months and years.

Own-Source Revenue – Reconcili-action?

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July 5, 2017
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Last week, the federal government announced changes to its Own-Source Revenue (“OSR”) Policy held in relation to self-governing First Nations. Specifically, the government declared a moratorium of “up to three years” on OSR claw-backs.

Tort of Harassment Exists in Ontario

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June 13, 2017
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In order to succeed in a claim for personal injury, a plaintiff must establish that the defendant’s conduct falls within a known cause of action. Until recently, it has not been clear whether acts of harassment can support a claim for damages. However, the recent decision of Merrifield v The Attorney General has confirmed that the tort of harassment does indeed exist in Canada.

Canada Commits to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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June 6, 2017
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This spring, the Government of Canada made strides towards implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and we can look forward to further developments in the coming months. UNDRIP is an international declaration that aims to ensure a “universal framework of minimum standards for survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples of the world”.