On March 6, 2015, the Ontario Government published its plan aimed at addressing sexual violence and harassment in Ontario. The document is titled, “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment” (the “Action Plan”). The Action Plan has a lot to say about a very important subject and I encourage readers to review the entire document. This post though is limited to the Government’s recommended changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) to deal with workplace sexual harassment.
Employers are already obligated to create a workplace harassment policy and to investigate harassment … Continue Reading
Melissa Kennedy is a labour relations, employment and human resources specialist who assists clients with proactively managing compliance, risk and ensuring best practices are in place.
With the holiday season fast approaching, many organizations are in the midst of planning their annual holiday parties, meant to recognize the culmination of a year of hard work by employees and celebrate the holiday season. Although this time of year is marked with celebration and provides for a valuable team building opportunity, it can also bring with it particular obligations and potential liabilities for an employer.
When planning and hosting a holiday party, … Continue Reading
Summary Hearings at the Human Rights Tribunal – A Short History
A few years back, the human rights system in Ontario was overhauled. The Human Rights Commission was to no longer investigate complaints and refer them to the Human Rights Tribunal (if they had some merit). All cases were to now go directly to the Tribunal for adjudication. Applicants (who are primarily employees) would have “direct access” to the Tribunal.
While the goal was to speed up the process, many employers soon found themselves forced to attend a hearing to defend frivolous complaints. The Tribunal responded by adopting a summary … Continue Reading