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December 14, 2021

Precedent Setting Victory for Gender Identity Rights in B.C.

In September 2021, a case decision in the province of British Columbia made a significant development with respect to the rights of trans and non-binary people at work. The judgement will have implications for the law across Canada, including here in Ontario.   The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal found a restaurant and some of […]

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March 21, 2016

Tax changes deal another blow to law students. Now what?

by Marcus McCann A major tool law grads have been using to moderate the effects of high tuition is about to disappear. The effect is potentially very large, meaning effective tuition will go up by tens of thousands of dollars for some students starting in 2017. In its February 25, 2016 budget, the Ontario Liberals […]

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February 17, 2016

The sexualized work environment of Austin Mahone’s Dirty Work

The cringe-worthy The Office-inspired video for Austin Mahone’s “Dirty Work” has been viewed over 22 million times, and provides a good example of how not to behave in the workplace. As we recently explained, the Ontario Human Rights Code requires bosses and other people in positions of power to refrain from any unwanted romantic and […]

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February 4, 2016

The Marriage of Figaro is a Classic Case of Unlawful Sexual Solicitation

The Marriage of Figaro follows the Count’s efforts to seduce one of his employees, Susanna, on the eve of her marriage to Figaro. I use the term “seduce” under advisement; today we would refer to it as unlawful sexual solicitation. It’s something audience members may want to reflect on at the Canadian Opera Company’s production […]

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January 29, 2016

Is it a good idea for employees to keep their salaries secret?

The top-drawer salaries of some CEOS de-motivates employees, according to a recent UK survey. That was the big news. But the survey also raised larger questions about pay transparency. An astonishing 7 out of 10 employees wanted to see more transparency in wages, and more than half wanted complete disclosure at all levels of their […]

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January 19, 2016

Artist resale rights are a labour issue

A number of Canadian creative-types are pushing for a new law which would allow artists to collect 5 percent of the profit made on the re-sale of their works. While technically the provisions would be part of Canada’s copyright regime, such laws are really about the relationship of maker to object, and hence labour to […]

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January 7, 2016

Companies should not ignore their accessibility obligations

Many employers have new obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act starting this month. The Ontario government is phasing in regulations to remove barriers for people with disabilities. For many small businesses, there are new accessibility requirements which came into force on January 1, 2016 or will come into force on January 1, […]

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