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Posts Tagged: sexual harassment

So What Happens If We Don’t Comply With Bill 132?

As my recent Canadian HR Law blog post outlines, in September of last year, Bill 132 came into force in Ontario. The Bill, formally known as the Sexual Violence And Harassment Action Plan Act, follows substantial legislative changes pursuant to Bill 168, which took effect almost seven years ago. Both pieces of legislation are intended to bolster protection for employees […]

The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Bill 26 Proposes Statutorily-protected Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave

The Ontario provincial government continues its recognition of the impact of domestic violence on the workplace with Bill 26, which proposes amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Previous developments Bill 168, which came into force on June 15, 2010 as an amendment to the OHSA, established a requirement that employers […]

The Investigation Saga Continues

Sometimes I feel like a broken record (if you are old enough to know what that means), as I continue to tell our clients and anyone else who will listen that Investigations have become a key aspect of HR and HR Law, and Failing to investigate properly will expose organizations to substantial legal liability and bad PR. Two and a […]

Intolerance for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Only Grows

A recent Canadian HR Law blog post discussed two events in two different parts of the continent that occurred within two days of each other: on September 7, we learned that the Fox media Corporation was ordered to pay $20 million to Gretchen Carlson, who has made allegations that she was subjected to sexual harassment. The following day, Bill 132 […]

The Latest Chapter In Employment Law: Bill 132 & AODA

Welcome to a brand new monthly feature from Rudner MacDonald: The Latest Chapter in Employment Law. This will be a monthly blog post and email series that will discuss new developments in employment law, whether they be driven by legislative change or case law. If you are reading this but do not receive our monthly Newsletter, please sign up to be […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Workplace Romance

Let’s face it: it was adorable when Doctors Meredith Grey and Derek Sheppard went from being colleagues to being a really good looking couple on Grey’s Anatomy, or when Jim finally asked Pam out on The Office. The fact is, however, that real-life workplace romances are fraught with potential legal complications – both for the employer and the employees involved. On […]

Damages for Workplace Sexual Harassment on the Rise

Our blog has previously highlighted the unfortunate manifestations of sexual harassment in the workplace. A recent decision by one of the Ontario Superior Court’s newest judges, however, shows an encouraging trend towards higher awards for workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault. Damages In Silvera v. Olympia Jewellery Corporation, 2015 ONSC 3760, Justice Glustien awarded nearly $300,000 in damages to an employee […]

The Curious Case(s) of Sexual Harassment in Ontario Workplaces

  In the past year since the Jian Ghomeshi affair, we have seen media reports of parliamentarians being disciplined for sexual harassment, as well as the Board Chair of the Pan Am Games facing similar allegations. When it rears its ugly head, sexual harassment can manifest itself in a number of different ways, including some that are truly perplexing. Utah/U.S.A. […]