Employment

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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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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Migrant Workers’ Rights: How does Ontario Law Protect Temporary Foreign Workers?

Migrant Workers’ rights are governed by many different Canadian laws. Immigration rules, employment standards, labour laws, occupational health and safety regulations, as well as contracts and the “common law” all affect migrant workers’ rights in Canada. Many of these vary from province to province. Others are federal or nation-wide. Unfortunately, many migrant workers don’t know …

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Sarah Molyneaux Tackles Migrant Workers’ Rights for the Lawyer’s Daily

Sarah’s latest article at the Lawyer’s Daily covers a recent lawsuit by migrant workers. As Sarah explains in the piece, Maila Ceguerra, Lourdes dela Pena, Jesse Veneranda and Marisol Bobadilla have filed an Ontario small claims court action against recruitment agency Link4Staff Inc and their former employer Sharon Mushroom Farm. In addition to this civil …

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Cuts, Lay-offs, and Terminations: Employee Rights Under Austerity

Big changes are coming to Ontario. In recent months, families have been hit with wave after wave of bad news from the provincial government. From cuts to autism funding for students and children, to funding cuts for education, and cuts to library services, Ontarians are being told to tighten their belts and to brace for …

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