Mass Terminations

The recent sad news of the closing of the General Motors plant in Oshawa raises once again the need to be aware of Ontario’s protective laws on mass terminations. Keep in mind that Ontario law by statute allows for minimum notice and severance pay. Ontario “common law” or judge-made law also provides for potential increased […]

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Obesity as Grounds for a Human Rights Complaint

Ontario law protects individuals against adverse action due to a medical disability. The first issue with respect to this question of obesity is whether the person has a medical problem which has caused the condition of obesity. Ontario law requires this as a first step to substantiate a claim as the statute requires this. The […]

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Parental Leave & E.I.

New E.I. Rules The Federal Government has announced changes to the rights of parents to Employment Insurance benefits which will now be effective in mid- March 2019. Parents whose children are born or adopted after March 17, 2019 will be eligible for the new benefits. Such parents will be then be entitled to five additional […]

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Medical Disability and Termination Claims

The issue of a medical issue and termination is regrettably complicated. It is clear that an employer cannot terminate due to the disability as this will be seen as a human rights violation and expose the company to serious liability. The employer also has a duty to accommodate the medical disability to allow for a […]

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