Human Rights Tribunal Finds that WSIB Discriminated Against an Injured Worker for Refusing to Provide Direct Deposit of Benefit Payments

Time Published on November 26, 2012

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered the WSIB to reimburse an injured worker all of the money which was stolen from him and to pay $5,000 for infringing his human rights, because it refused to pay him benefits by direct deposit.

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Appeal Court Clarifies "Foreseeability" as Element of OHS Due Diligence

Time Published on November 20, 2012

In R. v. Rassaun Steel & Mfg. Co. Ltd. (Rassaun), an appeal court reversed a conviction, finding that there was no evidence before the Justice of the Peace upon which to conclude the accident was reasonably foreseeable.

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Director sentenced to jail time for failure to pay wages under the ESA

Time Published on November 19, 2012

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Justice sentenced the director of six Ontario companies, Steven Blondin, to 90 days in jail for failing to pay wages to employees.

Tag employment law,  employment standards

The Human Rights Tribunal Says No to Forum Shopping

Time Published on November 08, 2012

It has been a year since the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in British Columbia (Workers' Compensation Board) v. Figliola (“Figliola”). In Figliola, the Supreme Court stated that human rights complaints should not be relitigated before a human rights tribunal when they have already been litigated before another tribunal, such as the workers’ compensation board (”WSIB”), or a labour arbitration tribunal.  

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Court Confirms No Free Standing Civil Action for Breaching OHSA

Time Published on October 22, 2012

Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has affirmed the long-standing principle that you cannot sue for a free-standing violation of a statute.

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Random Drug Testing Debate - National Perspective?

Time Published on October 16, 2012

Supreme Court of Canada to weigh in on random alcohol testing as an Alberta court grants an injunction preventing random drug testing. 

Tag human rights,  occupational health and safety

Accommodating scent sensitivities in the workplace

Time Published on October 15, 2012

Employers must accommodate employees with disabilities to the point of undue hardship under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The accommodation of scent sensitivities arose in a recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, raising questions as to what is considered undue hardship when accommodating an employee with a sensitivity to scents.

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What mental capacity is required to sign a release?

Time Published on October 11, 2012

In a past Stringer Update, Releases Protect Employers from Human Rights Complaints, we emphasized the importance of having terminated employees sign a full and final release, as protection against a future human rights application. We highlighted the factors that the Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) will consider when determining whether a release will be enforceable, which include (1) the actual language of the release, and (2) other factors including duress, fraudulent misrepresentation and the applicant’s capacity to understand the terms of the release (click here to read our Stringer Update).

In two recent decisions, the Tribunal addresses the issue of the requisite mental capacity necessary in order for a release to be enforceable.

Tag employment law,  human rights

Can the Ministry of Labour Prosecute Employers for Breaches of Non-Legislative Standards?

Time Published on October 10, 2012

An Ontario court has recently signalled strongly that charges brought on the basis of non-compliance with external standards (not expressly referenced in legislation) may constitute an abuse of process.

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Make sure to Post the new OHSA Workplace Poster October 1

Time Published on September 29, 2012

Employers are now required to post the new workplace poster “Health & Safety at Work – Prevention Starts Here” in the workplace. Ministry of Labour Inspectors will begin enforcing this requirement commencing on October 1, 2012.

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Divisional Court Rejects Fault-Based Workers' Compensation Grievances

Time Published on September 20, 2012

Ontario’s Divisional Court recently upheld an arbitrator’s ruling to dismiss 22 (grouped) grievances over fault-based workers’ compensation claims.

Tag labour relations,  occupational health and safety

Crown Appeals $200,000 fine imposed against Corporation in Christmas Eve Fatality

Time Published on September 05, 2012

The Crown has decided to seek permission (referred to as “leave”) to appeal the $200,000 fine imposed against Metron Construction following a guilty plea to a charge of criminal charge negligence causing death in connection with a tragic accident on Christmas Eve 2009.

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Registration now Open for our 26th Annual Employers' Conference

Time Published on September 05, 2012

Don't Miss our 26th Annual Employers' Conference, Labour & Employment Law Update 2012. 

Tag aoda,  constitutional law,  employment law,  labour relations,  occupational health and safety,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Appeal Court Rules That Contract is Critical to Determining the Identity of the Constructor

Time Published on August 31, 2012

In a recent appeal case from the Yukon, the Court made a number of interesting comments about the role the contract has in determining the legal status of a party as the constructor.

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When does a change in hours of work constitute a constructive dismissal?

Time Published on August 30, 2012

In Dechene v. Dr. Khurrum Ashraf Dentistry, an employee who had been employed by a verbal agreement was provided with a proposed new written employment agreement. The employee currently worked 32 hours per week in a part-time position. The new written employment agreement provided that the employer had the right to require the employee to work up to 48 hours in any given week. The language of the agreement provided, “the employee shall recognize the absolute right given to the employe[r] under the Employment Standards Act of Ontario to schedule the employee to work up to 48 hours in any given week”

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