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The Government of Canada implements its New Preclearance Act

On August 15, 2019, US Department of Homeland Security announced that the United States and Canada had implemented its Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada (Preclearance Agreement). The Preclearance Agreement was signed by the US Secretary of Homeland Security and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on March 16, 2015, as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

 

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Frustration of contract can be resolved by summary judgment – Does not require a trial

Is a stated “desire” to return to work, at some point, and without more information, sufficient to rebut the medical evidence that a contract of employment has become legally frustrated?

 

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Objective evidence required when attempting to limit or deny an employee’s accommodation request

Recent Ontario human rights jurisprudence has reaffirmed many of the principles associated with the employer’s duty to accommodate. In particular, when assessing accommodation requests, employers need not apply/accept each accommodation request, but must ensure that they are only denying or limiting lawful accommodation requests in the presence of sufficient evidence to support the limitation or denial.

 

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Believing women while remaining neutral: Conducting sexual harassment and sexual violence investigations in a post-#metoo world

As in all investigations, the only way to sort out information that does not seem to make sense is to ask. In the case of complainants who may have experienced a traumatic event, asking such questions in a calm, non-judgmental way is more important than ever.

 

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Federal Court of Appeal dismisses Air Canada pilots’ appeal regarding mandatory retirement at age 60

In a decision dated August 9, 2019, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal made by Air Canada pilots regarding their age discrimination claim.

 

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New accessibility legislation: The Accessible Canada Act

On June 21st, 2019, the Accessible Canada Act received royal assent. This new federal accessibility legislation in Canada aims to achieve the goal of a barrier-free Canada by the year 2040.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the duty to accommodate family status, rising insured health care and a privacy breach.

 

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5 questions to consider when exploring the duty to accommodate

Canadian human rights law also imposes a duty to accommodate. This requires employers to ensure that persons with characteristics protected under the Code are not unfairly excluded where working conditions can be adjusted.

 

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Mind the (gender wage) gap: What lies ahead for Ontario employers

This past month, the US Women’s National Soccer Team made headlines amid their World Cup run by pushing for pay equality with their counterparts on the men’s team, leading to support from sponsors and the US Senate. So what is the big deal about gender/sex discrimination in compensation and should Ontario employers be concerned?

 

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Employer’s duty to investigate under the “Code”

Nelson v. Lakehead University is a noteworthy decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario as it articulates the complexity of any human rights matter before the Tribunal, and further underscores the employer’s duty to investigate.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with managing disabilities in the workplace, workplace harassment and the decline of quality full-time work in Canada.

 

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Labour arbitrator grants interim protection for complainant of workplace sexual harassment

Since the onset of the #metoo movement, Canadian society has been paying attention to (and grappling with the consequences of) sexual harassment to a previously unprecedented degree. This increased focused is long overdue.

 

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Looking in the mirror: Harassment in legal workplaces

Whether advocating for a client before the Human Rights Tribunal, drafting a Respect at Work Policy or assisting a client with engaging a workplace investigator, many lawyers are familiar with providing advice about harassment at work, but how many of us have thought about harassment in our own workplaces?

 

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Accommodating addictions

A labour arbitration decision out of Nova Scotia has got us thinking about what will qualify as addiction and justify accommodation in the work setting.

 

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Cannabis in the workplace: “If the employer cannot measure impairment, it cannot manage risk”

With the legalization of recreational cannabis in full effect, employers continue to grapple with the workplace implications of its use. However, having to balance statutory obligations under both health and safety and human rights legislation is not a new problem for employers.

 

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