Working Parents Face Potential Dilemna as Daycares Reopen

For the past several months, most people have been staying home, and in many cases, working from home, as businesses and schools have been closed due to the pandemic. With nowhere to send their children during the day, workplaces have been accommodating parents whenever possible to allow them to stay home with their children. However, […]

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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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Addiction & An Employer’s Duty to Accommodate

The Divisional Court has released a decision that will have an impact on future arbitral and common law cases considering an employee’s addictive behaviour and related misconduct. In this case, the employee was an R.N. employed by a public hospital. She was observed by a co-worker taking medications from the hospital inventory and also using […]

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More on Workers’ Compensation & Mental Distress Claims

As discussed in a recent post, amendments to Ontario’s workers’ compensation laws now allow for claims for workers’ compensation benefits based on claims for mental distress. This is having a severe impact on civil claims in which the employee has asserted “unfair conduct” leading to claims for aggravated damages due to emotional distress. There, are, […]

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