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Managing Political Expression at Work: Key Strategies for Employers

Despite the adage “politics and work do not mix”, employees are becoming increasingly emboldened to express support for political causes in the workplace. Because the political and the personal...

Canadian HR Reporter: Protecting LGBTQ2S+ employees from discrimination

Nhi Huynh recently provided her insights regarding discrimination faced by LGBTQ2S+ employees in the workplace. See an excerpt below: Protecting LGBTQ2S+ employees from discrimination ‘Employers shouldn’t rely on a...

Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment: Insights From The Metrolinx Decision

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (“ONSC” or the “Court”) recently released the decision of Metrolinx v Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1587 [Metrolinx], involving the dismissal of five employees...

Bill 166 Public Hearings Announced

On February 26, 2024, the Ontario government proposed the Strengthening Accountability and Student Supports Act, 2024 [Bill 166]. Bill 166 is aimed at improving inclusivity, safety, and transparency with...

Significant Human Rights Damages Awarded to Vulnerable Worker Due to Sexual Assault and Exploitation

In LN v Ray Daniel Salon & Spa and Reza Khosravi [LN], the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) awarded the employee $180,000 in general damages—the second highest damages...

Canadian HR Reporter: Air Canada worker paid $30,000 after seeking accommodation

Nhi Huynh provided her insights regarding a recent decision in which an employer was ordered to pay more than $30,000 for discriminating against a worker by denying them a...

HRTO Decision Illustrates Importance Of Employee Engagement in the Accommodation Process

A recent decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO” or the “Tribunal”), Leason v ADAMANDA INC. o/a Dairy Queen Grill and Chill, Huntsville [Leason], highlights the complexities...

Construction Site Owner Found to Be an Employer Under OHSA Despite Lacking Direct Control over Employee

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act [OHSA], employers have a duty to ensure that health and safety measures are implemented and carried out in the workplace. In scenarios...

Upcoming Changes to Notice of Termination Requirements Under Canada Labour Code

Significant amendments to the Canada Labour Code [CLC], introduced by Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, will come into effect on February 1, 2024. These amendments will bring about...

EMPLOYER ORDERED TO PAY $15,000 FOR FAILURE TO ADDRESS WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Employers who fail to appropriately address workplace sexual harassment can face significant liability. In the recent decision of Milligan v Maczak Holdings Ltd. [Milligan], an employee was awarded $15,000...