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Oct 31, 2013

Wrongful Dismissal Leads to Human Rights Damages

For the first time, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has awarded human rights related damages in relation to a wrongful dismissal action. The ...

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Sep 12, 2013

Employee to be Reinstated Based on Post-Discharge Evidence of Mental Illness Unknown to Employer at Time of Termination, Arbitrator Rules

In a recent decision, an Ontario arbitrator has reinstated an employee who was terminated for prolonged absenteeism pursuant to his collective agre...

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Aug 29, 2013

Has the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Broadened Employer Liability?

In a trio of decisions from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, released in the past 5 months, the Tribunal may have signaled a significant chang...

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Aug 1, 2013

Pregnant Waitress Reluctant to Wear Tight Fitting Uniform Awarded nearly $20,000.00

Facts Ashley McKenna began working for the sports bar Local Heroes Stittsville in March of 2011.  In July of 2011 Ms. McKenna became pregnant....

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Jul 18, 2013

Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal Reinstates Employee with Back Pay Nearly 10 Years after Last Day Worked

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “HRTO” or “Tribunal”) does not often order the reinstatement of employees. Howeve...

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Jun 20, 2013

Finding of Discrimination Could be Based on A Prohibited Ground As a Factor, Not a Cause for Discrimination

On March 22, 2012 we blogged about the Divisional Court’s decision in Peel Law Association v. Pieters, where the Divisional Court overturned ...

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Jun 14, 2013

By Rob Boswell

Random Drug and Alcohol Testing – Supreme Court of Canada releases Irving Pulp and Paper decision

This morning the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the matter of Communications, Energy and Paper Union of Canada, Local 30 v Irving...

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Feb 21, 2013

Employers Must Accommodate Employees with Family Obligations, Federal Court Rules

In what could prove to be a landmark decision, the Federal Court recently upheld a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision which held that the Cana...

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Feb 7, 2013

Tattoos No Longer Confined to Sailors and Inmates - Now They Can Also Be Visible on Hospital Workers, Arbitrator Rules

In a recent decision, a labour arbitrator found that a hospital’s policy of employees having to cover up tattoos and hide body piercing was u...

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Jan 31, 2013

By Kelsey Orth

New Accessibility Toolkit Available for Employers Dealing with AODA's Integrated Accessibility Standard

As all employers (should) know, the employment aspects of Ontario’s Integrated Accessibility Standard will start to take effect for large pub...

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