Ontario Sick Day Rules Draw Criticism as Coronavirus Fears Grow

The Ontario Employment Standards Act was changed again in 2019. After just a year, our last post on sick days was rendered out-dated by cuts to sick day entitlements for most Ontario workers. In place of 10 days of personal emergency leave (2 of which were paid), workers are now entitled to just 3 unpaid sick days …

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Must Love Dogs: What does Ontario Law say about Guide Dogs, Service Animals and Take Your Pets to Work Policies?

Hamilton’s Mayor Fred Eisenberger made news this week  when he asserted that he would have his dog (Dash) certified as a service animal in the face of a new no-pets rule at Hamilton City Hall. Though Mayor Eisenberger seems to have walked back this claim a little and is entitled to his medical privacy, it begs a …

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Workplace Privacy Rights for the Digital Age

Changes in technology are increasingly raising questions about workplace privacy. In the span of a single generation large parts of the world have moved to a previously unfathomable level of connectivity. With this same wave of advancing technology, the average employee’s life has become far more complex.Whereas previously an office worker may have worked via …

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Trans workers’ rights are human rights: Building trans inclusive workplaces

On Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember lives lost to hateful violence or neglect. We also remember the role that we have to play in supporting trans folks in their pursuit of justice and liberation. Unfortunately, the workplace continues to be a site of violence and discrimination for many trans workers and non-binary workers- and …

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I’ve been fired. Can I sue for mental distress?

As a general rule, Canadian employees don’t get mental distress damages after a wrongful dismissal. Instead, most successful wrongful dismissal claimants get reasonable notice damages (a.k.a. pay in lieu of notice) and a portion of their legal expenses. In cases where pay in lieu of notice doesn’t go far enough, recent cases remind us that …

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Can my employer sue me for libel or defamation if I claim wrongful dismissal or discrimination?

Libel or defamation claims are at the top of some employees’ lists of fears when they consider taking action against their boss. As a general rule, an employer can’t sue you for libel or defamation just for suing them or filing a human rights complaint against them. After all, even if your lawsuit says terrible …

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Los derechos de los trabajadores migrantes: ¿de qué manera la ley de Ontario protege a los trabajadores temporales extranjeros?

Son diversas las leyes canadienses que rigen los derechos de los trabajadores migrantes. Las disposiciones sobre inmigración, las normas laborales, las leyes laborales, los reglamentos sobre salud y seguridad ocupacional, así como los contratos y el “derecho consuetudinario”, todos ellos afectan los derechos de los trabajadores migrantes en Canadá. Muchos de estos varían de una …

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Let’s Get it On: The Basics of Workplace Dating and Office Romance

So, you want to try workplace dating? Well workplace pressures are already significant. Tight deadlines and office politics can be mentally draining. On top of that, the long work hours can be overbearing. So why make it more complicated? In your case, maybe you want to ask your cute co-worker out for coffee. Or maybe …

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MMH Labour Law Supports School Board in Stand Against Workplace Violence and Abuse in Ontario Schools

Sarah Molyneaux, together with co-counsel Eric del Junco, successfully defended a local school board against allegations that it discriminated against a child on the basis of disability in a highly publicized expulsion last year. The school board argued that it had made every effort to accommodate the child, but that he could no longer remain …

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What to do when childcare needs and work schedules conflict (and what not to do): Parental Status Discrimination Guidance from Peternel v Custom Granite

What should an employee do if their childcare needs conflict with their work schedule? Employees with childcare obligations have a right to be accommodated in the workplace, but employees need to be aware of the limitations on that right and their role in the accommodation process. A recent Ontario Court case Peternel v Custom Granite highlights the …

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