Employer Obligations Regarding Ongoing School Closures

The latest and biggest news from the province is the announcement that public schools will remain closed through to the end of the school year. Daycare services are also closed and will remain so until the period of emergency is lifted. The present date for this emergency and the shutdown based on the emergency declaration […]

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Can an Employer Refuse to Hire Smokers in Canada?

Smoking tobacco is widely known to increase health risks and reduce workplace productivity, with many smokers requiring numerous breaks throughout the day. This can have an impact on a company’s bottom line when it comes to health insurance premiums, absences and efficiency. However, are these reasons sufficient to justify a policy of refusing to hire […]

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Mental Health Issues & Resignation

The question of a mental disability and the need to accommodate this is a well-known concept. We have previously written about the need to accommodate cognitive disabilities as well as the human rights considerations relating to mental health at work. While human rights considerations are often the basis of these types of cases, there are […]

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Cognitive Disabilities & the Duty to Accommodate

Human rights law requires an employer to accommodate an employee with a disability. It is very clear that disability includes a mental disability as well as physical. Does this then raise the issue as to what exactly is such a disability? Generally speaking, most physical impediments are quite evident and are typically accompanied by a […]

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