Harassment in the workplace: What it looks like and how to handle it

Blog Post
November 5, 2018
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It could be a touch on the shoulder, a demeaning comment in front of colleagues or an inappropriate invitation to get together outside of working hours. While these acts may be initially easy to shrug off, with time and repetition they can quickly cross over into workplace harassment. But where is that line drawn?

Addressing the Gender Wage Gap: The Pay Transparency Act

Blog Post
October 24, 2018
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What should employers know about pending changes to equal pay? Read about the Pay Transparency Act, which promotes gender equality in the workplace through increased transparency over compensation.

Will They Believe Me? Workplace Investigations and Credibility

Blog Post
October 9, 2018
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In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act imposes a statutory obligation on employers to investigate workplace harassment and workplace violence. The investigation must be timely, objective, confidential, and thorough. A workplace investigation is typically conducted with reference to the civil standard of proof, whether it was more likely than not that an alleged event or conduct occurred.

Cannabis law update to significantly affect workplaces

Blog Post
October 2, 2018
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What is the proposed change to pot consumption in the workplace? Read about the recent Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, and how it changes where and how marijuana can be consumed.

Is an Employer Required to Offer Alternative Employment Before Terminating an Employee?

Blog Post
September 21, 2018
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Sometimes an employee may find they are not able to perform their job adequately, or cannot keep up with the demands of the role. In these cases, what are the options for an employer? Can they be dismissed, or do they have to find an alternative role for the employee? Our latest Employment Law blog post looks at a recent Quebec case that tackled this question.

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

Blog Post
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

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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?

Blog Post
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.