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Author: Vanessa Payne

Do employees have a right to privacy about their vaccination status?

Vaccine mandates in workplaces raise a lot of questions for employees. Medical information is given one of the highest levels of protection in the workplace. An employer can’t ask for an employee’s privatehealth information without a good reason. But as Benjamin Piper discusses, this doesn’t mean that an
employer can never ask for health information.

December 1, 2021
Benjamin Piper

How unions navigate discrimination and harassment complaints between members

It can be extremely difficult for unions to navigate situations where a member files a harassment or
discrimination complaint against another member. Chris Donovan and Gabe Hoogers explore a union’s
responsibilities and the duty of fair representation in those circumstances.

November 24, 2021
Chris Donovan Gabriel Hoogers

What are my rights to bonus and other compensation after termination?

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court considered an employee’s entitlement to
bonuses after termination where the payments would have been earned in the next months had the
employee not been dismissed.

November 17, 2021
Kirsten Mercer

When do labour arbitrators have exclusive jurisdiction over human rights matters?

Do grievance arbitrators in Ontario now have exclusive jurisdiction over alleged human rights violations?
In light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent Horrocks decision, it is not entirely clear. Jean-Michel
Corbeil and Erin Sobat look further into this question.

November 10, 2021
Jean-Michel Corbeil

Post-judgment individual issues decision offers guidance for class proceedings

Successful individual issues litigation is crucial to achieving the access to justice goals of the Class Proceedings Act, 1992. Jody Brown and Josh Mandryk take us through the proposed procedure for determining individual issues after common issues are established.

November 3, 2021
Jody Brown Joshua Mandryk

What is seniority?

This post explains the basics of this sometimes controversial pillar of the unionized workplace

October 27, 2021

Did expanded WSIA coverage for mental stress claims help workers?

In 2014, the Ontario government amended workers’ compensation legislation to make it easier for workers to make claims and be compensated for “mental stress”, i.e. mental illness caused by the workplace. In this post, Christine Davies and Gabriel Hoogers explain how this change has played out in practice and question whether workers really have access to meaningful remedies for mental stress.

October 20, 2021
Christine Davies Gabriel Hoogers

I got the job! Now what?

Geetha Philipupillai explains the basics of employment contracts for non-unionized employees and why getting legal advice is often worth it.

October 14, 2021
Geetha Philipupillai

Federal Court Sides with First Nations Children and Upholds Human Rights Rulings

In a landmark decision, the Federal Court has ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 to Indigenous children removed from their homes in the child welfare system and to their caregivers. Rye Dutton takes us through the Court’s decision.

October 7, 2021

Does Canada’s privacy legislation apply to Google’s search engine?

Have you ever googled yourself? Of course you have! But have you ever wondered if there’s anything that you can do about what you saw? Anna Hulchanski and Natai Shelsen look at whether the Privacy Commissioner of Canada can investigate complaints regarding Google search results.

October 6, 2021
Natai Shelsen