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Serious insight for serious situations.

Unsuccessful Redo on Reinstatement Ruling

Over three years ago, we blogged about a case where an employee, Sharon Fair, was reinstated after almost a decade had passed since her dismissal, because her dismissal was held to be discriminatory. The specifics of the case can be found on our blog post here but in short, Ms. Fair alleged that she had

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Out of time, out of luck

I recently represented a client at a prehearing before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”), arguing that an application filed 2 months after the 1-year deadline set by the Tribunal should be dismissed as untimely. We were successful and the application, which was filed 14 months after an allegedly discriminatory dismissal, was dismissed in

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What the proposed PTSD protections may signal for the future of workplace mental illness laws

There has been a great deal of media coverage in recent months regarding the effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on “first responders” (i.e. police, fire, and paramedic personnel).  It is generally understood that these professions, along with doctors, nurses, correctional officers, and military personnel are the most likely to experience PTSD as a result

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Failure to Disclose Addiction Pursuant to Company Policy Justifies Employee Dismissal

Supporting an employee coping with an addiction is a challenging workplace issue particularly where human rights legislation requires accommodation of employees facing addiction and dependency. But what happens when the employee denies having an addiction and it can or does affect the core duties of the employee? That’s precisely the circumstance that Elk Valley Coal

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