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Human Rights Refresher for Employers: Nuances of Discrimination-Related Risks in Recruitment

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Most employers know that it is illegal to discriminate against employees based on protected grounds such as age, race, or sex under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”), and that asking job applicants questions about protected grounds during recruitment can expose them to liability, but many employers are not aware […]

THE OHRC’S NEW POLICY TO ELIMINATE RACIAL PROFILING

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]On September 20, 2019 the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) released the Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement (the “Policy”), which provides practical guidance for “law enforcement”

Finding Suitable Workplace Accommodation is a Two-Way Street

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3445″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Employers in Ontario are increasingly receiving accommodation requests based on employees’ childcare obligations.

When Separate is Not Equal: Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Finds Tennis League Discriminatory Based on Sex

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3745″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]A recent decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO” or the “Tribunal”) held that the gender balancing provisions of a tennis club association discriminated against women in the provision of services by providing females with fewer opportunities to play in the association’s Mixed League. In Miller v InterCounty Tennis Association […]

Four New Protected Grounds Proposed for Ontario’s Human Rights Code

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”2658″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]On October 4, 2017, Bill 164, The Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2017 (“Bill 164”) was introduced in the Ontario legislature as a private member’s bill

INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2561″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]When an employee is injured or suffering from a disability having clear information about work limitations and prognosis is integral to an effective accommodation process.

THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA TO CONSIDER THE APPLICABILITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTIONS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1843″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In October 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Supreme Court”) granted leave to appeal in British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Edward Schrenk (“Schrenk”). The Supreme Court’s determination will likely have significant repercussions as to the scope of human rights protections in workplace settings.