When I was in high school and university, it was not uncommon for a few of my classmates to fall ill during exams or just prior to a major test. When explaining to the teacher the next day why they were not present to write the test, one of the more common responses from the teacher would be, “Bring a doctor’s note.”
In 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v Figliola. The Figliola decision addressed the issue of the relitigation by human rights tribunals of issues already addressed in other proceedings.
On December 4, 2013, the Ontario government introduced Bill 147, Human Rights Code Amendment Act (Awarding of Costs), 2013 which gives the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal the power to make cost orders against employers and employees. If Bill 147 is passed into law then the Tribunal would have a number of decisions to make.