Human Resources Legislative Update

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is in the process of implementing the first of the recommendations adopted in its 2016 Report, Working Together for Change: Strategies for Addressing Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Profession, which will require lawyers licensed by the LSO to take action before the end of 2017. Specifically, before…

FTR Now

In Ananda v. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, a recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Tribunal), the Tribunal confirmed its approach to assessing claims of family status discrimination (in this case, involving eldercare) and described some of the features of a picture-perfect human rights investigation…

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One of the most significant challenges facing employers today involves identifying, managing and accommodating mental health and addiction issues in the workplace. In June 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) issued a new policy dealing with this issue. The new policy, entitled Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions,…

News

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has rendered a significant decision in Peel Law Association v. Pieters regarding the test for establishing a prima facie case of discrimination. The Court upheld a finding of the HRTO that race and colour were factors in the questioning by a librarian of three applicants (two lawyers and a…

Case In Point

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has set aside a decision of the Divisional Court and upheld a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) which found that race and colour were factors in a librarian’s decision to ask the applicants for identification when they were using a lawyers’ lounge operated by the…

FTR Now

In a recent edition of FTR Now, we reported on two significant Federal Court decisions, Johnstone v. Canada and Seeley v. Canadian National Railway, which confirmed that employers have an obligation to accommodate their employees’ childcare needs. Since the date that FTR Now was published, these two decisions have continued to generate a considerable amount…

This book provides a complete and comprehensive account of the legal and administrative issues arising from the special education process. It details changes to the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Education Act and how the changes impact upon educators. It also updates case law generated by the courts, the Special Education Tribunal and the…

School Board Update

School Board Update

IN THIS ISSUE Hicks Morley Negotiation Support Services Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Defers to Special Education Tribunal Occasional Teacher Timetables Duties of Principals Burden of Proof in Discharge Cases Accommodation of Religious Holidays TPA Arbitration and Motion for Non-Suit School Security and Office Staff HICKS MORLEY NEGOTIATION SUPPORT SERVICES Did you know that more…

FTR Now

INTRODUCTION On September 3, 2008, Vice-Chair Sherry Liang of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario issued a very helpful decision in Markovic v. Autocom Manufacturing Ltd., 2008 HRTO 64 (argued by Chris Riggs and Catherine Peters of Hicks Morley). The Autocom decision provides some much-needed clarification concerning the accommodation of religious observances. Of particular interest,…

FTR Now

INTRODUCTION Following on the heels of its recent decisions in McGill University Health Centre and Honda Canada Inc. v. Keays, the Supreme Court of Canada has issued yet another helpful decision dealing with the employer’s duty to accommodate. In Hydro-Québec v. Syndicat des employé-e-s de techniques professionnelles et de bureau d’Hydro-Québec, section locale 2000 (SCFP-FTQ),…

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INTRODUCTION It is difficult to recall an employment law case which has generated as much interest, or created as much debate, as the litigation between Kevin Keays and his former employer, Honda Canada Inc.  The trial decision, which was released in 2005, created a shockwave within the employer community, with its blistering critique of Honda’s…

News

The tragic recent events involving 18-year old Carleton University student Nadia Kajouji have once again called attention to universities’ responsibilities when managing students who are at risk of harming themselves or others. As is now well known from media reports, Ms. Kajouji’s body was recovered from the Rideau River in Ottawa in late April, and…

FTR Now

By: Catherine L. Peters IN THIS ISSUE: Introduction The Factual Context: The Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act Collective Bargaining Protected by the Charter The Test for “Substantial Interference” The Majority’s Conclusions Justice Deschamps’ Partial Dissent Concluding Comments INTRODUCTION On June 8, 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ground-breaking decision in Health…

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IN THIS ISSUE: What would the reasonable administrator do? When there is imminent risk of serious harm Managing non-imminent risks is challenging but possible Conclusion – Schools should assert their right to information On April 17, 2007, Cho Seung Hui, a 23-year-old fourth year undergraduate at Virginia Tech shot and killed 32 students and teachers….