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Published on: 6 Jan 2012 By

2012 begins with much-needed clarity from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

It’s a Happy New Year indeed for labour/employment lawyers and their clients, who now have clear direction from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal on the thorny issue of when duplicative litigation will be permitted (or not!) before the Tribunal. Previously, the Tribunal had issued conflictin…

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Published on: 5 Dec 2011 By

AODA Compliance – Will you be ready for January 1?

Several months ago, I blogged briefly about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”), which became law in 2005.  As part of that law, every private-sector and not-for-profit organization that provides goods or services to the public or to third parties and that has at l…

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Published on: 2 Nov 2011 By

Supreme Court of Canada eliminates “double jeopardy” for employers in human rights cases.

Sometimes we management-side labour/employment lawyers get a little discouraged by case law which can, on occasion, seem to favour employees.  But once in a while there’s good news and it is particularly good when it comes from the Supreme Court of Canada.  Last week, the SCC strongly reaffi…

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Published on: 6 Sep 2011 By

AODA’s Customer Service Standards – Who’s taking charge of compliance in your organization?

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) became law in 2005.  As part of that law, every private-sector and not-for-profit organization that provides goods or services to the public or to third parties and that has at least one employee in Ontario must be in compliance …

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Published on: 22 Jul 2011 By

Yet Another Reporting Obligation for Businesses

When will it end? Many of our clients are becoming increasingly frustrated with the imposition of onerous statutory obligations. And now the Ontario Divisional Court has added another to the pile. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that a critical injury, which includes a …

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Published on: 13 Jul 2011 By

Temporary Layoffs: A Lesson for Unwary Employers

While watching a professional development webcast for employment lawyers last month, what stuck in my mind was that I needed to blog about temporary layoffs. Why, you ask?  Well, after practicing employment law for the past 12 years, I have come to realize how few employers understand their …

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Published on: 14 Jun 2011 By

Have taxpayers “had it” with Union tactics and benefits?

How times have changed!  Back in the dark ages of my youth, we took postal strikes for granted.  Every few years, the posties got restless and our Sears catalogue was delayed for a week or two.  Unless it was the Wish Book, most people pretty much took it in stride.  Not so today.  Judging by...

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