Accommodation: It’s Not a New Idea, But it Still Gets People Into Trouble

Blog Post
September 12, 2013
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Employers have to accommodate people under Canadian human rights laws. The only exception is where doing so would be an undue hardship. This isn’t news, or at least it shouldn’t be, but employees are still being told their particular circumstances are too much trouble for an employer to deal with.

New Family Care Leave

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August 29, 2013
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In March of 2013, Ontario Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi introduced Bill 21 to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to introduce three additional unpaid leaves of absence, including a Family Caregiver Leave.

Bring your own Device to Work – Increased Flexibility but at what Cost

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August 27, 2013
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There is an increasing trend in the workplace, where employees bring their own devices (BYOD), usually smart phones or tablets, to work. In an era of cost savings and unprecedented rates of change in technology, employers are likely to view BYOD as an appealing way to lower costs. Employees want the flexibility of using the latest technology to do their jobs more efficiently while multi-tasking chores like personal banking and staying connected with their lives outside of work.

Out with the Old and In with the New – A Losing Strategy in the Workplace

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July 31, 2013
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Rejuvenation may be a good tactic for a government trying to attract young voters and win an election, but it is a guaranteed losing strategy in the workplace. An employer setting out to freshen up the workplace by getting rid of older workers would quickly find itself the subject of a human rights complaint.

Carla Cheney Loses her Job after Standing up for Animal Rights

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July 16, 2013
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Time and again our courts remind us, through cases, that employees are vulnerable. The employer holds the purse strings. It holds the fate of an employee in its hands. Our courts continually remind employers that they are obligated to treat employees with respect and dignity. That’s not what happened in Carla Cheney’s case. Carla stood up for the rights of a helpless animal, and paid the ultimate price of losing her job.

Employee or Independent Contractor – More than Just a Label

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June 27, 2013
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Individuals and organizations often structure their working relationship so the individual provides services as an independent contractor, rather than as an employee. There can be advantages for both parties in this sort of arrangement; however, there are also risks in mischaracterizing a worker as an independent contractor.