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At last, the Human Rights Tribunal Gets it Right! Employers Can’t Pay Disabled Workers $1 per Hour

At last, the Human Rights Tribunal Gets it Right! Employers Can’t Pay Disabled Workers $1 per Hour

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, after a period of some confusion, has now sorted out that its a violation of the Human Rights Code for an employer to pay a…

Guest Blog by Michael Lynk: York University Made Correct Call on Accommodation

Guest  Blog by Michael Lynk: York University Made Correct Call on Accommodation

There has been an ongoing debate about a decision of a York University professor to refuse a religious accommodation request by a student to be exempted from an in-person group…

Ontario’s Latest Study on the Minimum Wage To Release Report Today: Some Background

Ontario’s Latest Study on the Minimum Wage To Release Report Today: Some Background

Yet another government study of the minimum wage is set to be released today.  This one is chaired by my friend and colleague Anil Verma of the University of Toronto.…

Can You Be Fired for Your Political Beliefs?

Can You Be Fired for Your Political Beliefs?

From January 2014. The Federal Tories are at it again.  Some obscure backbencher has proposed a Private Members’ Bill ‘with the full support of the Prime Minister’s Office’.  This is…

What if a Male Employee Refuses to Work with Female Coworkers Due to His Religion?

What if a Male Employee Refuses to Work with Female Coworkers Due to His Religion?

There’s a big brouhaha in the media this week about a professor at York University who refused a student’s request for religious accommodation in the performance of a group assignment…

Some Comments on the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act (Ontario)

Some Comments on the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act (Ontario)

The Ontario Liberals introduced a Bill yesterday targeting ‘vulnerable workers’.  It’s Bill 146, given the short title, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013.  There was considerable media…

A Three Step Solution for Tackling the Problem of Unpaid Internships in Ontario

A Three Step Solution for Tackling the Problem of Unpaid Internships in Ontario

Rumor around town is that the Liberals  in Ontario have plans to introduce legislation this week that addresses the ongoing controversy surrounding unpaid interns.  The Minister has said repeatedly that,…

Can You Answer These Human Rights Law Questions?

Can You Answer These Human Rights Law Questions?

We’re in the home stretch of my Employment Law course at York and we are looking at the Human Rights Code and how it applies to the employment setting.  To…

Smith v. Network Technical Services: Dismissal for Employee’s Refusal to Work Sundays Violates Human Rights Code.

Smith v. Network Technical Services: Dismissal for Employee’s Refusal to Work Sundays Violates Human Rights Code.

We’re studying the Human Rights Code in my Employment Law course right now, so here is a straight up ‘simple’ case.  An employee refuses to work Sundays because it conflicts…

On Rob Ford and the [Employment] Benefits of Being an Addict

On Rob Ford and the [Employment] Benefits of Being an Addict

Like most sensible people, I’m saddened by the fact that the Mayor of my great city supports the crack dealing industry, admits to committing criminal offences, lies incessantly, takes time…