Catherine P. Coulter

Catherine P. Coulter

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Compliance Reminder – New Statutory Leaves in Ontario

Employers should be aware that effective as of October 29, 2014, statutory leaves of absence in Ontario under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) will be expanded to include the new “family caregiver leave”,...more

10/2/2014 - Canada Employee Rights Employment Standards Act Leave of Absence

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal – Is There an Appetite For Costs Awards?

No client likes to have a human rights application brought against it before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. And no client is happy to hear that even if it is successful and fully exonerated, there is no real scope for...more

9/3/2014 - Canada Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

Top Ten Tips for the Workplace

Every now and then, it’s worth it for even the most seasoned HR professional to receive a reminder about best practices in the workplace. Ensuring compliance with our Top Ten Tips list below, will help to keep your workplace...more

8/18/2014 - Canada Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Confidentiality Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Restrictive Covenants

Ontario’s New Human Rights Policy

In mid-June, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a new policy entitled “The Policy on Preventing Discrimination Based on Mental Health Disabilities and Addictions” (the “Disability Policy”), which builds on the...more

7/9/2014 - Canada Human Rights

Sanity Prevails: The Tale of a 90% Reduction to a Punitive Damages Award

In the May 2014 Ontario Court of Appeal decision in the case of Boucher v. Wal-Mart, the $1,150,000 in punitive damages previously awarded to Boucher by a jury was reduced to $110,000. The decision represents a good monetary...more

6/6/2014 - Canada Jury Verdicts Punitive Damages Wal-Mart

Discrimination Due To Family Status – The Final Word?

In a just-released decision, the Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed that the ground of discrimination due to family status under the Canadian Human Rights Act includes parental obligations which engage a parent’s legal...more

5/8/2014 - Canada Discrimination Divorce Employer Liability Issues

Who’s Minding The Store?

Late last week, the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced a major breach within its own office with the loss of an unencrypted hard drive containing sensitive personal information relating to over 800 of its...more

5/2/2014 - Canada Data Breach Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy

Upcoming Ontario Ministry Of Labour Blitzes

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has announced several upcoming blitzes during which it will ensure that employers in specified industries are compliant with particular areas of concern under the Employment Standards Act, 2000...more

4/15/2014 - Audits Compliance Employer Mandates Employment Standards Act Ministry of Labour

Compliance Reminder – Accessibilty For Ontarians With Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) has been around for a while. So what’s the big deal now?...more

12/10/2013 - Accessibility Rules AODA Canada Compliance Disability Reasonable Accommodation

Human Rights Claims In The Ontario Courts – Now What?

Way back in 2008, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to permit human rights claims to be piggybacked onto wrongful dismissal actions in the Ontario courts. Prior to that time, the only recourse for an employee with a...more

11/25/2013 - Canada Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination Human Rights

Technology In The Workplace

I have trouble programming my television and need my teenage daughter to lend a hand. I also know that I am not alone in this world of rapidly changing technology. It is of little wonder then, that even the best HR...more

9/20/2013 - Canada Social Media Surveillance Technology Telecommuting

Changes May Be Coming To Ontario’s Minimum Wage

On July 17th, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced that it has appointed a Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, chaired by Anil Verma, Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of...more

8/21/2013 - Canada Minimum Wage

Receipt Of Pornographic Material Was Not Just Cause For Dismissal: Appeal Court

In the 2001 case of McKinley v. B.C. Tel, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a contextual approach is required in order to determine whether there is just cause for termination of employment. A recent wrongful dismissal...more

5/14/2013 - Canada Email Hiring & Firing Pornography Termination

Reinstatement Of Employment Ordered – A Decade After Disability Leave Commenced

In a March 2013 decision that is likely to be challenged in the courts, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of an employee a decade after she went on disability leave, together with loss of wages...more

4/3/2013 - Canada Disability Disability Discrimination Disability Leave Discrimination Reinstatement Wages

New Ontario Job-Protected Leaves

On March 5, 2013, the Ontario government introduced new legislation which, if passed, would create three new job-protected leaves....more

3/7/2013 - Caregivers Medical Leave

Natural Disasters In The Workplace – What Do I Do?

Did you know that the Ontario Ministry of Labour has a Q&A on how to deal with natural disasters in the workplace?...more

2/19/2013 - Emergency Management Plans Employment Standards Act Natural Disasters OHSA Vacation Leave

HR Professionals: The Key To Smooth Corporate Acquisitions

Although human resources professionals are not always recognized for their efforts during a corporate acquisition, the work which they do behind the scenes can often make the difference between an acquisition succeeding or...more

1/11/2013 - Due Diligence Employee Benefits Employment Contract Equal Pay Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals OHSA PIPEDA Termination Vacation Pay

Happy New Year! – Ministry Of Labour Inspections For 2012-2013

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that it will focus its proactive inspections for 2012-2013 on workplaces where there is a history of employment standards violations, where young and/or vulnerable workers are...more

1/3/2013 - Inspections Ministry of Labour

The Return of Large Punitive Damages Awards in Wrongful Dismissal Cases?

Are large punitive damages awards in wrongful dismissal coming back? Looking at the trial court’s decision in the case of Pate v. Galway-Cavendish and Harvey (Townships), which is currently under appeal, one wonders....more

11/14/2012

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