Do You Have to Put Up With “Locker-Room” Talk in the Workplace?

September 5, 2018
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Many people face workplace sexual harassment on a daily basis. It can come in many forms, including derogatory comments, inappropriate touching, repeated advances, propositions, pressure to laugh at inappropriate jokes or being forced to look at explicit imagery. And it can be difficult to know what to do.

Denying Employees’ Benefits Based on Age is Discrimination and Unconstitutional

August 23, 2018
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While mandatory retirement ended over ten years ago, older workers are unfortunately not immune from age-related discrimination. In Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario looked at a situation where an older worker lost his benefits when he reached the age of 65.

Am I Eligible for EI Sickness Benefits?

June 25, 2018
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Canada’s Employment Insurance program provides individuals with temporary financial assistance when they are out of work. This assistance includes “sickness benefits” to support individuals who would otherwise be able to work were it not for an illness or injury. Our latest Employment Law blog post looks at eligibility for EI Sickness Benefits.

How Is Holiday Pay Calculated?

June 1, 2018
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We are fortunate in Ontario to have nine public holidays each year. If your employment is covered by the Employment Standards Act (ESA), then you are entitled to be paid for these holidays. Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, made changes to this calculation recently.

Ontario election expected to determine survival of Human Rights Code amendments

May 22, 2018
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Proposed changes to Ontario’s Human Rights Code that would have prevented discrimination based on social condition, genetic characteristics, immigration status and police records, was quashed when Ontario’s 41st Parliament was dissolved on May 8, 2018. However, lawyers practicing in areas that involve human rights should remain aware that the proposed amendments represent significant changes to human rights law in Ontario.

A Much-Needed Amendment to Ontario’s Human Rights Code

May 2, 2018
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On October 4, 2017, Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers introduced a private member’s bill titled the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017 (“Bill 164”). If passed, Bill 164 would amend Ontario’s Human Rights Code to add four new prohibited grounds of discrimination: social condition, genetic characteristics, immigration status and police records. This post explores the definitions of these new grounds, and the implications for employers and employees.

Changes to the Employment Standards Act: What Were the Missed Opportunities?

March 27, 2018
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As you may have heard, last year the Ontario provincial government passed significant changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). While many of the changes have progressive and employee-friendly intentions, some changes that are unfavourable to employees have been largely swept under the rug. Furthermore, the government opted not to make certain changes that it should have and, in fact, made others that simply make no sense. Here are three examples.