Catherine P. Coulter

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The OHRC’s Christmas Present – A New Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Ontario’s Human Rights Commission issued a statement on November 25, 2014 in relation to sexual harassment and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The statement reminds employers as to what constitutes sexual harassment as well as...more

12/1/2014 - Canada Employer Liability Issues Human Rights Code Sexual Harassment

The Dangers of Unpaid Employment in a Start-Up Company

Unpaid internships were discussed in an April 8th posting in this blog and it is clear that most Ontario interns have to be paid. But what about employees in start-up companies? Can employers provide them with stock options,...more

11/3/2014 - Canada Incentive Stock Options Startups Unpaid Interns Wage and Hour

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

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

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