Mitchell Rose

Equal Pay For Equal Work In Ontario Workplaces

Spring brings further changes to provincially-regulated Ontario workplaces. These latest changes arise from last November, when the Legislature passed “Bill 148” (also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act), on which we reported in a recent blog post. However, some parts of the Bill did not take effect immediately.

Starting April 1, 2018, Part XII of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), has been amended such that no employer shall pay an employee at a rate of pay less than the rate paid to another employee of the employer because of a difference in employment status when, Read more →

Mediation Wildcards!

MEDIATION WILDCARDS!

I am writing this article about the unexpected on Super Bowl Sunday. So, it’s appropriate that I mention legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh’s famous line: “If you want to sleep at night before the game, have your first 25 plays established in your own mind the night before that. You can walk into the stadium and you can start the game without that stress factor.”

Not surprisingly, many legal professionals are well prepared for mediation – which is laudable – but, suddenly, the unexpected happens: An event or a piece of information is revealed by the other side, the mediator or even by your own client, and you suddenly feel like a sacked quarterback.

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Unwanted and Unwelcome: Legal Implications of Workplace Sexual Harassment in Ontario

 

January, 2018. 5-minute read.

An alarming number of Canadian women in the workforce have faced sexual harassment in their careers. In a recent survey released by Insights West, more than half of Canadian women have experienced various acts of sexual harassment at work, including: “unwanted physical touching, cat calls, being referred to using derogatory or demeaning sexual terms and being pressured for dates”.

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