Getting it Right: Accommodation of Mental Illness Disability in the Workplace

Speaking out about the realities of mental illness has been gaining momentum in Canada. Between the Bell Talks campaign and increased media attention on suicide it seems society is trying harder to understand and accept mental illness. Corporations, agencies, non profits and individuals have been working to diminish the stigma associated…

What Going to Court Means

“Can’t Talk Now ‘Cause …. I’m Going To Court” It is a relatively rare occasion for a family law case to make the newspapers let alone the lead story in the front section. Our media is geared, by and large, to crime reporting and much of the daily legal stories…

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace: What You Need To Know

In the last few weeks, the topic of sexual harassment has moved from legal offices and courtrooms to be daily headlines and part of the national conversation. With the dismissal of popular CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi and pending investigations of two Members of Parliament, the focus on what is…

New Perspectives on Canadian Employment Law: Human Rights, Discrimination and Recruitment

Find Melanie Reist in the “New Perspectives on Canadian Employment Law” published by LexisNexis Canada October 2014. Melanie writes about human rights, discrimination and recruitment in the workplace.  This new book provides employers and their advisors with a guide to recent developments in employment issues, as well as areas of employment law that have…

Reinstatement Resurrected?

The divisional court recently affirmed the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision in Fair vs. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, reinstating a supervisor after a 9-year absence with back pay of $400,000 and $30,000 for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect. This is a significant decision which may signal a change in…

Being Informed prior to Signing: ‘Kicking the Tires’

Several times a month, I pose this question to first-time family law clients: “If you were buying a car, would you drive the car off the lot, stop and pause? Would you then ask?… ‘What did I buy?’ ‘What did I pay?’ ‘Did I sign anything?’ ‘How do I know…

Custody Schmustody!

I call it the “C-Word”.  As a family lawyer, I encounter more contests over custody than perhaps any other issue.  It is also among the most misunderstood concepts in family law.  Practically like an ice cream store with 33 flavours, we encounter custody, sole custody, joint custody, shared custody, joint…

My Home – Our Castle

Most first-time clients believe that, on separation, property is divided.  For example, they assume that one-half of Husband Hugh’s bank account goes to Wife Wendy.  Or Wendy’s 2010 Mustang “half-belongs” to Hugh.  This is one of the biggest misconceptions about Ontario family law that we encounter. In Ontario, when married…

Employers are Going to have to be Flexible, The law gets serious about accommodation for employers with family obligations

As publilshed in Exchange Magazine November/December 2013  The Federal Court of Canada has confirmed it: Canadian law requires employers to accommodate the care-giving needs of employees with familial obligations to children. Canadian human rights legislation strives to ensure that people who have barriers to employment can fully participate in the…

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