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.
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)
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.