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Family Status Discrimination: The Statutory Framework

Discrimination on the grounds of “family status” continues to be a hot topic for Canadian employers. Are employers required to accommodate an employee’s eldercare obligations? Are these sorts of obligations different than an employee’s childcare obligations?  Where is the line between personal preference to help out one’s parents and a medical or legal obligation that … Continue Reading

When Does Racism Amount to a Poisoned Workplace?

Does racism necessarily lead to a poisoned workplace? At the end of last month, the Ontario Court of Appeal concluded in General Motors of Canada Limited v Yohann Johnson that while the former employee, Johnson, “genuinely believed that he had been the victim of racism in his workplace” and that his “perception of events unfortunately … Continue Reading

Tips for Transitioning Back a Returning Employee

Well, I’m back in the office this week after a busy but wonderful maternity leave.  I was quite excited to get back at it.  As all parents who have taken a parental leave know, coming into the office is often a welcomed break from the chaos of little ones at home.  Practicing law certainly has its stressful moments, but … Continue Reading

Maternity Leave Realities

I haven’t blogged since mid-September.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.   I’m home in month 3 of a maternity leave with my second baby and simply haven’t been able to get to a computer for a solid period of time.  As anyone who has been on a parental leave with a newborn knows, it is a … Continue Reading

Employer Obligations During a Leave

This week, Christine Thomlinson wrote a great blog post on the (potential) come-back of Tiger Woods.  She draws a parallel between Tiger’s return to golf and employees returning to work after a difficult period in their life, whether criminal, personal, or otherwise.  As she points out, there are a number of pro-active steps an employer can take … Continue Reading
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