Dedicated Paternity Leave? The Feds Are Considering It

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk have indicated that upcoming changes will be made to the existing parental leave rules which will contain provisions directed exclusively to fathers. The Prime Minister has noticed that it is difficult to shrink the gender gap in the workplace when the cost of being a parent […]

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Miscarriage Considered to be a Disability

Miscarriage affects many families and returning to work after having experienced one can be difficult for women who experience depression or post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. Earlier this month, in the interim decision in Mou v MHPM Project Leaders, 2016 HRTO 327, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal set a precedent for human rights law […]

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Ontario Small Claims Court Awards $25,000 for Constructive Dismissal Following Maternity Leave

In Bray v Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, 2015 CanLII 3452 (ON SCSM), the Ontario Small Claims Court awarded the maximum damage award of $25,000 to an employee whose hours and wages were significantly reduced following her return from maternity leave. In 2004, Kelly Bray, a Registered Massage Therapist, was hired by the Canadian […]

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Ontario Court Orders Employer to Pay Termination and Severance Pay to Deceased Employee’s Estate

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court, Estate of Cristian Drimba v. Dick Engineering Inc. [Dick Engineering], reminds us that, under certain circumstances, employers may be liable to a deceased employee’s estate for termination and severance pay. Christian Drimba began working for Dick Engineering Inc., an engineering firm, in 1996. In June 2013, Drimba […]

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