New Customer Service Accessibility Requirements in Effect

October 25th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2015 (“AODA”) came into force in 2005.  It explicitly recognized the discrimination historically faced by persons with disabilities in Ontario, and sought to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards “in order to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities … on or before January 1, 2025”.  The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (O. Reg. […]


Ontario cracks down on sexual harassment in the workplace

October 19th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

Workplace harassment creates a host of issues for employers and employees alike. Aside from the harm it causes to the victims of harassment, it can have a lasting impact on the culture and morale of the workplace. In some cases, the employer must then also face a wrongful dismissal lawsuit because their response was inadequate. […]


Employers, be careful what you say during pre-employmen …

October 17th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently decided that misleading or inaccurate statements made by an employer during pre-employment discussions can result in liability for negligent misrepresentation. In the case before the court, an erroneous statement was made by the representative of the Defendant employer during a pre-employment phone conversation.  The statement in question was […]


Closing the Wage Gap in Massachusetts

October 12th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

Despite the dramatic increase of women in the workforce and the existence of pay equity legislation, gender wage inequality remains a persistent problem in Canada. As part of an ongoing study on gender disparity for the Globe and Mail, Statistics Canada reported in March 2016 that a woman working full-time makes 73.5 cents for every […]


Small Claims Court awards double the standard in costs …

October 11th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

As a plaintiff, losing your court case is bad. Having to pay thousands of dollars for the  defendant’s legal fees is much worse. Part of the strategy in any litigation proceeding is weighing what your case is worth versus how much you might spend to prove that case. From a financial perspective, there is not […]


Human Rights Tribunal Finds Man’s Religious Claim for …

September 27th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) recently found that a Rastafarian man was not justified in his request for female-only personal support workers (“PSW”s) based on his Rastafarian beliefs. The decision was mainly rooted in the fact that the Applicant could not provide evidence to substantiate that his request was tied to his […]


An exciting step forward in Canadian human rights legis …

September 26th, 2016 by Marty Rabinovitch

Gender identity and expression are often forgotten aspects of human rights law, in many cases because most equate them to discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. But gender identity and expression ought to be considered in their own unique categories. Gender identity is “each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It […]


Powers of Attorney in Ontario

September 21st, 2016 by Alleen Sakarian

In Ontario, there are 3 types of Powers of Attorney (POA). This blog will offer a brief discussion of each. Non Continuing Power of Attorney for Property This POA is used in specific situations for a limited length of time. For instance, when an individual leaves the country. The individual outlines the specific tasks their […]


What rights do employees in Ontario have?

September 19th, 2016 by Christopher Statham

The Employment Standards Act applies to most workers in Ontario. It does not apply to workers in federally-regulated industries, such as banks and transportation. The ESA has rules that employers have to follow. For instance, it covers the topic of hours worked, what constitutes as minimum wage, when employees are qualified for severance pay, etc. […]

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