New Laws for Federal Employees Coming Soon

The Canada Labour Code (the “Code“) regulates businesses under federal jurisdiction such as television and radio stations, inter-provincial trucking companies, railroads, banks and the federal government itself. The employment of roughly 11% of Ontario’s workers falls within the scope of federal law. A number of important changes are due to come into effect soon, dealing […]

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Teenage Intern Awarded $75,000 for Sexual Harassment

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has awarded a teenager employed as an unpaid intern at a tattoo parlour the sum of $75,000 in compensatory damages for sexual harassment. The owner of the business had pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the same conduct. The only issue was the amount of […]

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Employer Liability for Workplace Human Rights Violations

The General Rule Ontario’s Human Rights Code makes the employer liable for workplace human rights abuse for most of the human rights protected by the legislation[1]. The dramatic exception is sexual harassment. The Exceptions to the Exception Who is in Charge This being said, the employer may still be responsible for a sexual harassment case […]

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Workplace Sexual Harassment

Claims of workplace sexual harassment can allow for very powerful remedies. It is important to understand how such cases may be advanced. In Ontario, there are two human rights tribunals which may have jurisdiction, one being provincial and the second federal. Most businesses are subject to Ontario law. Federal law, which has important differences on […]

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