Can Benefits be Automatically Denied to Employees Over 65?

A recent Human Rights Tribunal decision will have a significant impact on the rights of older workers. The case involved a school teacher who received health, dental and life insurance benefits from his employer, the Grand Erie District School Board. The employer then terminated these benefits once the teacher reached the age of 65. The […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace

Marijuana in the Workplace The use of medical marijuana in an employment setting raises a conflict between the employee’s right to be protected from actions taken due to a medical condition and/or disability and the employer’s right and, indeed, its obligation to ensure a safe workplace to its staff. Medical Disability Human rights law has […]

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Employer’s Hard Hat Policy Holds Up Against Religious Discrimination Claim

The line between religious freedom and occupational heath and safety can be a blurry one, as evidenced in a recent Quebec Superior Court decision where three Sikh men (the employees) brought a claim against their employer who would not allow them to work without hard hats on. A new policy and a refusal to comply […]

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Toronto Man Claims UPS Discriminated Against Him Because of His Beard

A Toronto man has told the Toronto Star that he feels that his human rights were violated when, in response to his job application to UPS, the company informed him that his beard was contrary to their appearance policy and he would have to shave it off if he wanted to work for them. Beards […]

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