McMahon Molyneaux Henriquez Lawyers In The Media

The Hamilton labour and employment lawyers at McMahon Molyneaux Henriquez are sought by reporters, editors, and TV and radio producers for their opinions and analysis of important, breaking employment law issues and labour law issues. They are also regular columnists at The Lawyer’s Daily, one of Canada’s important publications for the legal profession. The labour and employment lawyers at McMahon Molyneaux Henriquez Law believe in making things fair for employees in Hamilton and surrounding communitites. 

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March 25, 2020

Amid COVID-19, companies struggle to balance operations with increasingly fearful workers
Financial Post | Sarah Molyneaux

Sarah Molyneaux, an employment lawyer based in Hamilton, said “It’s not that simple in the current crisis. Employees often feel like they cannot speak up because the law is often not set up to address employees’ concerns for their own health. “All they can really ask for legally is to be treated fairly by their employer if they are sick themselves with COVID symptoms or if they have been exposed to family members sick with the virus,” she said. Read full article >

March 21, 2020

Low-wage workers face tough choices during ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 times
CBC Radio Calgary and New Brunswick | Roberto Henriquez

We’re all being told to stay home, but many of the jobs that can’t be done from home, like grocery store clerks and delivery drivers, are the same ones that place those employees at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Roberto Henriquez discusses temporary layoffs, benefits and relief programs. Listen to audio Calgary, audio New Brunswick or read full article >

March 5, 2020

Missing work to stop coronavirus spread not so easy for workers without sick pay, lawyer says
CBC Radio The Current | Sarah Molyneaux

Rules about sick days in Canada are regulated at the provincial level, and vary from coast to coast. Unpaid sick days average out at three to five days annually across the country. But what if somebody has to go into self-quarantine or be in isolation because they may have been exposed to something like the coronavirus? Sarah talks about these issues with Matt Galloway on CBC Radio The Current. Read full article >

February 24, 2020

Workplace investigations: Doing them right, setting good example
The Lawyer’s Daily | Roberto Henriquez

Rules about sick days in Canada are regulated at the provincial level, and vary from coast to coast. Unpaid sick days average out at three to five days annually across the country. But what if somebody has to go into self-quarantine or be in isolation because they may have been exposed to something like the coronavirus? Sarah talks about these issues with Matt Galloway on CBC Radio The Current. Read full article >

December 13, 2019

Show your solidarity with the 99 per cent who are fighting back
The Hamilton Spectator | Sarah Molyneaux

Teachers. School support staff. HSR Bus drivers. The number of workers in a legal strike position seems to be growing by the day. And, it’s not just here in Hamilton. Education workers engaged in a second single day strike in some Ontario school boards this week.
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November 21, 2019

Roaches fester as Hamilton woman waits for hearing
The Hamilton Spectator | Roberto Henriquez

Teachers. School support staff. HSR Bus drivers. The number of workers in a legal strike position seems to be growing by the day. And, it’s not just here in Hamilton. Education workers engaged in a second single day strike in some Ontario school boards this week.
Read full article >

October 21, 2019

Doug Ford’s cuts to Ontario’s administrative tribunals set back justice
Roberto Henriquez | The Hamilton Spectator

Unfortunately, over the last year, numerous groups have been raising alarm bells about the present state of Ontario’s administrative tribunals and their lack of resources and funding. Beginning in 2018, the Ford government took steps to create a single entity known as Tribunals Ontario. Read full article >

September 10, 2019

Reality check: Hiring no ‘attractive’ women is not the solution to #MeToo fear Global News | Sarah Molyneaux

Men being more likely than women to label a behaviour sexual harassment is “pretty telling,” says Sarah Molyneaux, a human rights lawyer based in Hamilton, Ont. Read full article >

August 30, 2019

Workplace bullying solutions in a social media age The Lawyer’s Daily | Roberto Henriquez

Adults bullied in the workplace are more likely to suffer from both psychiatric concerns and cardiovascular health problems. Additionally, the cost of anxiety and depression, two conditions closely associated with workplace bullying, are estimated to account for US$1 trillion in lost productivity per year globally. Read full article >

August 29, 2019

City of Hamilton’s Marc Lemire probe glosses over internal questions
The Hamilton Spectator | Sarah Molyneaux

The City of Hamilton’s recent announcement that Marc Lemire would not be returning to work in the City’s IT department is welcome news, but it should not be the end of efforts to hold the City to account for his employment and broader inaction on hate crimes in Hamilton. Read full article >

August 23, 2019

Gig economy certification highlights flaws in independent contractor exception
The Lawyer’s Daily | Sarah Molyneaux

Drivers and cyclists for food delivery app Foodora are trying to unionize. Unsurprisingly, the app isn’t prepared to accept unionization without a fight. You can have all the innovation, back-end processing power and user-friendly interfaces you want, but disruptors need to deal with this fact: their business is really about getting things or people from A to B. Read full article >

June 27, 2019

Bill 124: Government eroding workers’ rights in Ontario
The Lawyer’s Daily | Roberto Henriquez

The Act proposed by the Ontario government is troublesome in several ways. The first is the government’s disregard for agreements negotiated with private individuals. On the side of non-unionized employees, the Act undercuts individual choice by eliminating and making illegal any terms that offer individuals anything more than a one percent increase in compensation per year. Read full article >

June 12, 2019

Unclear who benefits from Ontario’s WSIB review
The Lawyer’s Daily | Roberto Henriquez

Whatever your belief on this point, it is obvious that a 30 percent reduction to the WSIB’s premiums will not increase the financial resources available to compensate injured workers. Similarly, a lowering of the WSIB premiums passed onto employers as a form of “rebate” will only reduce the financial incentive for maintaining a safe workplace. Read full article >

June 6, 2019

Facebook ads face legal scrutiny
Canadian HR Reporter | Sarah Molyneaux

Recruitment options offered by Facebook could face legal action following accusations of age and gender discrimination. In April, a Montreal law firm filed an application for a class-action lawsuit against Facebook and Facebook Canada, alleging the companies have allowed for discrimination by excluding specific people from employment and housing advertisements. The application also alleges the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media company’s algorithm framework has a discriminatory effect on the delivery of ads to users. Read full article >

June 6, 2019

Canada’s ranking on Amal Clooney’s TrialWatch
Sarah Molyneaux | The Lawyer’s Daily

With the goal of monitoring and responding to human rights abuse in criminal trials worldwide, TrialWatch has bold objectives: advocating for defendants in the press, funding legal representation and developing a global justice index to rank countries on the fairness of their justice systems. Read full article >

May 3, 2019

Migrant workers fight back through courts, law reform advocacy
The Lawyer’s Daily | Sarah Molyneaux

Among other things, the workers allege that they paid $82,000 to the Link4Staff recruitment agency, which promised them work permits that never arrived. Once they started work, they allege improper deductions from their paycheques, long hours and poor living conditions. Read full article >

May 2, 2019

“The Cost of Children” The Agenda, with Steve Paikin – TVO | Sarah Molyneaux

Among other things, the workers allege that they paid $82,000 to the Link4Staff recruitment agency, which promised them work permits that never arrived. Once they started work, they allege improper deductions from their paycheques, long hours and poor living conditions. Read full article >

March 8, 2019

Why employment standards legislation is a feminist issue
The Lawyer’s Daily | Sarah Molyneaux

Amendments to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act by Bill 47 and its companions have rolled back recent strides for workers. Unfortunately, these recent amendments will have a disproportionate and negative impact on women. Women of colour, Indigenous and newcomer women stand to lose the most. Read full article >

January 29, 2019

#BellLetsTalk about practical mental health help for lawyers
The Lawyer’s Daily | Sarah Molyneaux

Tackling mental health challenges isn’t easy. It’s not a job for individuals to address on their own through mindfulness and meditation. If we want to continue to practise and lead long, happy lives, we need to radically rethink how we practise. And, we need to be prepared to incur some expense in the form of health and disability benefits and reduced billable targets to do so. If we’re talking about mental health, we need to put our money where our mouth is. Read full article >