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Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Employer who paid employee with disability $1.25 per hour ordered to pay a hefty price for discrimination

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal confirmed that an employer discriminated against an employee who suffered from an intellectual disability when it paid her an hourly wage of $1.25. As a result, the employee was awarded 10 years’ worth of minimum wages; this constitutes about $142,000.

Collective agreement interpretation turns on adage, ‘words have to have meaning’

A recent arbitration decision provides valuable insight into the legal approach to collective agreement interpretation. Although such agreements are often complicated, Arbitrator Noonan’s reading of the collective agreement in Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club Limited and Hospitality Services Trade Union shows the value of the most basic rule of legal interpretation: the words chosen by the parties must have meaning. (In PDF)

Proposed changes for temporary help agencies

On February 20, 2014, private member’s Bill 159, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Temporary Help Agencies), 2014, received second reading in the Ontario legislature and was ordered to the standing committee for review and possible amendments. The goal is to establish a licensing regime for temporary help agencies and add requirements for employers.

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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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