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Off-Key? The Boston Symphony and gender-based equality in pay

The size of an employee’s salary is often seen as an indicator of importance within an organization. Thus, when women are paid less than their male counterparts for performing similar work, it suggests that their efforts are somehow of lesser value.

 

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Expanding the obligations of federal employers – Anti-harassment and violence provisions to be added to the Canada Labour Code

On October 25, 2018, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), and the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent.

 

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Changements majeurs au Code canadien du travail

Le projet de loi C-86, intitulé Loi no 2 d’exécution du budget de 2018 (la « Loi »), a reçu la sanction royale le 13 décembre 2018. La Loi apporte d’importants changements touchant les milieux de travail de réglementation fédérale assujettis au Code canadien du travail, dont la plupart entreront en vigueur de manière échelonnée en 2019.

 

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Arbitrator states worker’s use of medical cannabis results in “unacceptable increased safety risk”- grievance dismissed

Increased safety risk arising from cannabis impairment in the workplace can amount to undue hardship. This will likely continue to be the case until there are reliable technologies that can accurately and effectively measure impairment from cannabis.

 

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Un arbitre déclare que la consommation de cannabis à des fins médicales par un travailleur entraîne « un risque accru inacceptable pour la sécurité » − grief rejeté

La récente légalisation du cannabis à des fins récréatives a fait ressortir le fait qu’il existe plusieurs questions concernant les effets d’affaiblissement des facultés du cannabis et comment ils peuvent être évalués

 

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Welcome to 2019 with new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada: A summary

Welcome to 2019 and a load of new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada.

 

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Top five cases of importance to Ontario employment law – 2018 edition

2018 has been, compared to some other years, relatively quiet with respect to employment law jurisprudence. Sometimes that can be a good thing.

 

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Top 10 Ontario employment law stories of 2018

In 2018 there were many new developments in the employment law world. Here are my top 10 stories of
the year:

 

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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2018

This year on the First Reference Talks blog we’ve been covering some of the hot topics in employment and labour law and employee management.

 

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When a doctor’s report may be insufficient

At the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, it is not unusual for medical documents to be entered as evidence, but according to the interim decision of Ivanescu v. Credit Valley Hospital, these medical documents may not be sufficient without the testimony of the physician.

 

No skirting around the issue: Gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination appear to be on the rise

Employers who fail to take action when there are complaints of unlawful discrimination in the workplace are exposing themselves to serious potential liability, both from a financial and a reputational perspective.

 

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The British Columbia Supreme Court on family status discrimination: Parenting roles, stereotypes and in-flux jurisprudence

The recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision in Envirocon Environmental Services, ULC v. Suen confirms that the law in British Columbia with respect to family status discrimination remains unsettled. The decision also provides insight into the reasoning of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal regarding parenting roles and stereotypes and the interpretation of the purposes underlying the British Columbia Human Rights Code.

 

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Proposed domestic violence leave of absence in Newfoundland and Labrador would take effect January 1, 2019

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Several provinces have created or are beginning to add a statutory domestic violence leave of absence to their employment standards legislation, including Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In Newfoundland and Labrador Bill 32 amends the Labour Standards Act to establish such a leave.

 

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No right to sue employer for sexual assault by co-worker: WSIAT

Can an employee sue her employer if she is the victim of sexual assault at work by a co-worker? The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal says no once again, “not if the employee is entitled to WSIB benefits.”

 

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