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Apr 11, 2016
Update on Bill 132: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act

On March 8, 2016, Bill 132 received Royal Assent at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Bill is part of the Ontario government’s strategy to support survivors of sexual violence and eliminate sexual harassment.  Bill 132 amends several existing laws that affect people experiencing sexual harassment and violence in the province. Of particular note to employers are the amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act(OHSA).

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Manitoba Government Passes Law Giving Victims of Domestic Violence Paid Leave

The Manitoba Employment Standards Code was recently amended to give victims of domestic violence job-protected leave from work to deal with issues arising from their abuse.  The legislation provides that such individuals are eligible for two categories of annual leave: (i) 10 days, which may be taken intermittently or continuously, 5 of which are to be paid by the employer and (ii) up to 17 weeks of unpaid leave, which can only be taken continuously.   To be eligible for this leave the employee must have been employed for at least 90 days and must be a victim of domestic abuse within the meaning of the Manitoba Domestic Violence and Stalking Act, which defines the concept as follows:

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Issues Rare Clarification of New Policy on Creed

In late 2015, after four years of consultation and research, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) published its Policy on Preventing Discrimination on the Basis of Creed.  The new policy replaced the prior version, which had been published in 1996.  Significantly, the new policy specifically affirmed that, in the Commission’s view, the term “creed” included non-religious belief systems that “substantially influence a person’s identity, worldview and way of life”.  Non-religious beliefs had been excluded from the protection of the Human Rights Code (the “Code”) by the 1996 policy. 

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Aug 21, 2015
Does the Charter Trump Human Rights?

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal has interesting implications when it comes to competing rights, particularly when some of those rights are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Reminder: Ontario’s Minimum Wage to Increase

As a result of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) last year, on October 1, 2015, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $11 to $11.25 per hour. Industry-specific minimum wages for liquor servers, homeworkers, students, and hunters/fishers are also set increase.

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