Tag Archives: Human Rights

Intoxication at Work: Is this cause for dismissal?

Generally speaking, courts have been more sympathetic towards employees dismissed for intoxication; this is due to human rights tribunals viewing drug and alcohol addiction as a disability protected by prohibited grounds of discrimination under human … Read More

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Discipline in the Workplace Explained

Often, discipline in the workplace is seen as punishment. However, discipline in the workplace is not intended to be punitive in most cases. Discipline in the workplace must follow two general guidelines: discipline must be … Read More

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Can attending a white supremacist rally be grounds for dismissal?

After several attendees of last month’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., were outed on social media and then quickly fired, Canadian employers are asking, “Can attending a white supremacist rally be grounds for dismissal?” … Read More

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Important Information for Conducting Criminal Background Checks for Condition of an Employment Offer

Employers must treat criminal record checks similarly to other protected grounds of discrimination such as race, religion and so forth. A criminal conviction for which a person has been pardoned is a protected ground of … Read More

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Your Legal Rights in Disability Insurance Disputes

An employee who becomes disabled, or otherwise becomes incapable of performing the essential functions of their job, and may be entitled to income replacement through the employer’s short-term and long-term disability insurance policies.  The process … Read More

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Should I tell prospective employers about my disability?

Disability is a factor that can affect your job search efforts.  For instance, there are disabilities classified as “invisible” disabilities that are not physically noticeable, such as Asperger syndrome. People who have this do not … Read More

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Dealing with unpleasant issues in the workplace

In almost every workplace you will find employees with different backgrounds, habits and styles that can be distracting or annoying, especially when it comes to poor personal hygiene, including body odour, bad breath, etc.  Knowing … Read More

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It is hard to lose the game when you make the rules

Privacy in the workplace continues to dominate the legal and policy discussions. Most recently, Jerry Agar of CFRB 1010 and the Toronto Sun, addressed the issue in an editorial. Naturally, he sought the advice of … Read More

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Small victory for transgendered and transsexual individuals

A brief comment on the passing of Bill C-389, which intends to protect transgendered and transsexual citizens from discrimination. Read More

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Employer

…an employer can choose not to hire bald people, people with tattoos, people with facial piercings, freckles, facial hair, or, as in this case, people with certain hair styles. Read More

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