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Category: Employee Rights

What Should I Know About CERB and CRB?

January 11th, 2021 in Employee Rights

As we trudge through the ninth month of the COVID-19 global pandemic, you are no doubt weary of the overused clichés and underwhelming messages that we are “all in this together”.  While the war to combat and ultimately conquer COVID-19 is a collective one, daily survival on all fronts is very much an individual battle.  […]

My Employer Wants to Force Me Back to Work – What Are My Legal Rights?

November 17th, 2020 in Employee Rights

COVID-19: Refusing to Attend the Workplace Due to COVID-19 Concerns The American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher Vernon Howard wrote that our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.  In Ontario, an employee is free to walk away from and refuse to return to work if an employer […]

Employee rights: Ontario Tories cancel number of labour reforms

November 6th, 2018 in Employee Rights

The new provincial Conservative government has decided to cancel a number of labour reforms brought in by the previous government. Some Ontario labour groups are saying the reforms regarding employee rights are unfair to workers, mean-spirited and reckless. Among the decisions…

Does making a worker don risque garb violate employee rights?

September 10th, 2018 in Employee Rights

Asking an employee to wear certain types of clothing on the job may be a big no-no. It could actually be infringing upon employee rights in Ontario. Some restaurant chains have been taken to task for allegedly making their female…

Employee rights: Worker gets thousands in wrongful dismissal case

August 27th, 2018 in Employee Rights

A Canadian man was recently awarded $28,000 in damages in a wrongful dismissal case. The court didn’t buy the assertion of the former safety manager’s Alberta employer, who said the man quit or that there was just cause for firing him. Most employee rights in…

Employee rights: On-the-job sexual harassment is unacceptable

June 20th, 2018 in Employee Rights

It is every person’s right to go to a workplace that is safe and free of harassment. All Ontario workers have employee rights in every vocation, including those in the service industry. The restaurant industry in Canada is offering training on…

The Tipping Point: An Employee’s Right to Gratuities

June 19th, 2018 in Employee Rights

Many workers across Ontario benefit from tips and other gratuities. Depending on their circumstances, they may rely significantly on tips to help earn a comfortable living. So what happens if as an employee, you aren’t getting the tips that you’ve…

Protecting Yourself From Workplace Harassment

June 13th, 2018 in Employee Rights

Everybody has the right to work in an environment that is free of harassment and discrimination. This right is guaranteed through both the Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Despite these reassurances, employees throughout Ontario’s workforce…

Mental Health, Addiction, And The Workplace

May 22nd, 2018 in Employee Rights

Living with a mental health disability or addiction is hard. Having to navigate daily life in a workplace unwilling to accommodate these issues is even harder. While there are laws in place to protect employees with mental health issues or…

Employee rights: Ontario school employees want fair treatment

May 1st, 2018 in Employee Rights

All teachers — public and Catholic — will now be on an even keel financially in the province. The Ontario government will be shelling out $39 million to school employee groups. The announcement was made after public school teachers launched a…

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