Does My Employer Have to Give Me Time Off to Vote?

Today is a historic election day in the U.S. and, therefore, an opportune time to comment on employee rights with respect to elections in Ontario.  Ontario employees should be aware that, next time there is a Federal or Provincial election, employers are obligated to provide employees with time off work to vote (in certain circumstances). […]

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Third Parties and Discrimination in the Workplace

The Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing an appeal of Schrenk v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal) and determining whether the B.C Human Rights Tribunal had jurisdiction to hear a complaint about discrimination in employment involving individuals from different workplaces/separate employers. The Background The complainant, Mohammadreza Sheikhzadeh-Mashgoul (Mashgoul) was a civil engineer working for […]

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Former HR Director sues CBC, alleging wrongful dismissal & conspiracy to terminate

Serena Thadani-Anthony, former Executive Director of HR at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), has filed a wrongful dismissal claim against her ex-employer. This is one of four pending wrongful dismissal cases involving the CBC and reveals serious conflict and infighting at the corporation in the months following the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. The Claim Thadani-Anthony served as […]

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OHRC Announces Updated Policy on Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

On October 23, 2016, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched an updated policy on workplace drug and alcohol testing.   Drug and alcohol testing of employees is controversial and contentious, and involves a balance of human rights, privacy rights, the rights of an employer to manage their workplace, and the right of all employees […]

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