Malini Vijaykumar weights in on Maj-Gen. Fortin’s removal as head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

June 17, 2021
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Employment lawyer Malini Vijaykumar was recently interviewed by Global news to weigh in on Maj-Gen. Fortin’s removal as head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and his subsequent legal challenge. She discusses Fortin’s application for judicial review, the notion of procedural fairness, and the systemic issue of sexual misconduct in the military. Click here to read… Read more »

Malini Vijaykumar on CTV News

June 10, 2021
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As more Canadians become vaccinated, the reality of the return to the office is setting in. Watch as Malini Vijaykumar discusses what employers and employees who are working from home need to consider to have a safe and efficient return to the office.

2SLGBTQ+ Human Rights in the Workplace

June 8, 2021
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Canada has made positive steps towards extending legal protection to members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in recent years (for a timeline of key legal decisions and events that have contributed towards the progression of these rights in Canada, see here). The employment relationship, however, is still inherently imbalanced, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals can be particularly vulnerable to… Read more »

New Federal-Sector Workplace Harassment Rules: 5 Things you Need to Know

May 31, 2021
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As of January 1, 2021, federally regulated organizations became subject to the new workplace harassment and violence regulations created under the Canada Labour Code (See SOR/2020-130). The Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada had been refining the new scheme for years after introducing Bill C-65. Previously, little was imposed on federally regulated employers… Read more »

Temporary layoffs can Becomes Constructive Dismissals: Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre Ltd.

May 20, 2021
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Last month, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued one of the first decisions interpreting a new emergency leave provision introduced by the Ontario government, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this case, the judge found that the former employee was entitled to treat her temporary layoff as ending the employment relationship, engaging her… Read more »

Jim Anstey on Behind the Headlines

May 17, 2021
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Can employers mandate vaccines in the workplace? Labour and employment lawyer Jim Anstey recently appeared on the Ottawa Business Journal’s Behind the Headlines podcast to discuss the idea of vaccination policies from an employment law perspective:

Busting workplace mental health myths

May 5, 2021
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Can I take a “mental health day”? Yes. The law requires employers to treat mental and physical health difficulties the same. If an employee is dealing with a mental health issue such as stress, anxiety or depression, and requires time to recover, this must be treated the same as any other health difficulty or physical… Read more »

Ontario’s new Worker Income Protection Benefit explained

April 30, 2021
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After mounting pressure and calls for minimum sick days, the provincial government has announced the Putting Workers First Act to be introduced on April 29, 2021. The new legislation will require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave if they have to take time off because of specific reasons related… Read more »