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Federal Court releases decision in Johnstone family status case

Family status is an evolving condition in human rights law, and it remains unclear precisely what qualifies a person to claim discrimination on that ground, but the Federal Court recently confirmed the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s 2010 decision that childcare obligations do fall within family status. Consequently, employers may not treat employees differently than their co-workers due to their childcare obligations.

No excuse for terminating disabled employee on sick leave

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently heard a case in which an employer replaced and terminated an employee on disability leave without making any effort to accommodate him. The tribunal was not impressed…

No cause for termination without policy and discipline

It seems that employers must continually learn that it is crucial to have clear written policies in place governing employee conduct and discipline, and to apply those policies consistently. An Alberta Employment Standards Umpire recently heard a case that reiterates the simple lesson.

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Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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