Can My Employer Dismiss Me Due to My Unseen Disability?

September 10th, 2019

Employers should investigate further before immediately dismissing employees for violating workplace drug and alcohol policies. An employee’s diagnosis of substance dependence would be considered a disability, which is a protected ground under the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) for federally regulated employers. In a recent arbitral decision, Canadian Pacific Railway v Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, […]

Sending a Signal to Harassment Perpetrators and Employe …

July 12th, 2016

In Silvera v Olympia Jewellery Corporation, the court awarded over $300,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal, sexual and racial harassment and sexual assault to an employee. After a life of hardship, Michelle Silvera had begun to turn her life around. Originally from Jamaica, Michelle did not live with her mother or stepfather until she immigrated […]

Ontario’s Proposed Law to Help First Responders with …

April 7th, 2016

On February 18, 2016, the Ontario Government introduced new legislation to make it easier for First Responders (Police Officers, Paramedics, Fire Fighters, their dispatchers, and Correctional Services Workers) to get assistance through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. This legislation promises to help a lot of first responders and their families through greater access to […]


September 10th, 2015

Everyday in Ontario, Paramedics, Police officers, Firefighters and other first responders respond to thousands of calls for assistance. They bravely go into situations from which most people would flee.  In so doing, first responders provide often lifesaving assistance to people who, mostly unexpectedly, find themselves in need.  How the demands, environment and conditions of first […]

Podcast for First Responders

January 19th, 2015

Podcast for First Responders This is the Ontario Family Law podcast, featuring issues related to marriage, separation, divorce, child welfare, and also some children’s rights issues. It is a companion to the book, A Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available on Amazon, or by calling 416-446-5847. My name is John […]

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