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January 14, 2021

CBC Interviews Ben Millard: Can Employees Insist on Working from Home During COVID?

Ben Millard recently spoke to CBC News about whether employers can force their employees to work on-site at the office during the COVID crisis. The short answer is that, with a few exceptions, employers can require employees to work in the office, provided that the employer has complied with all required safety measures to ensure […]

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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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December 14, 2015

Can Bosses Ban “Merry Christmas”?

Guest Post by Emily Burke In recent years, during the weeks leading up to Christmas, the same great debate has resurfaced: Should we be wishing each other a merry Christmas, or in the interest of political correctness, should seasonal greetings be limited to “happy holidays”? This year the spotlight is on Starbucks’ seasonal cups, which […]

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November 24, 2015

$19 golf cart fee is not unfair to disabled member (who still golfed all season), Tribunal finds

Upset by the escalating cost of power cart rentals at Deer Ridge Golf Club, Larry Helm took the club to the Human Rights Tribunal. Mr. Helm must use a power cart when he golfs because of a disability. But there is an extra charge, on top of the membership fees, to rent a cart. He […]

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November 12, 2015

Tailor your freedom of information request, and other helpful advice

Marcus McCann has ten years of experience with freedom of information requests as a lawyer and journalist. Here is a brief conversation with Marcus about the process. How difficult is it to file a freedom of information request? On its face, it’s not difficult at all. Anyone can do it. The first thing to do […]

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