Updates for Ontario Employees Affected by COVID-19

Federal Government Announces Emergency Relief Canada has created a new source of funding for workers who do not meet the test of traditional Employment Insurance benefits. Non-traditional employees such as freelancers, contract workers or those who earn other forms of income and who have not paid into the Employment Insurance scheme will be eligible for […]

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Canadian Employers & International Laws

Not many people have heard of Eritrea, a small country in East Africa. Nevsun, a Canadian company that owns a mine known as the Bisha Mining Share Company, however, knows it quite well. This country has a program called the “National Service Program”, under which all citizens are required to provide military or similar public […]

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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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