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April 2017 Archives

Mental health critical in employee rights

According to a recent study, some 500,000 Canadians are unable to work in a given week due to mental health problems. Despite this massive number, a major stigma still exists around the subject of mental health, as some Ontario workers can attest. However, discrimination based on a person's mental health stands in opposition to employee rights, and efforts are being made to improve conditions for those who suffer from so-called "invisible illnesses." 

Provincial government promotes employee rights

The British Columbia government has made a landmark move in banning the mandatory wearing of high heels in places of employment. High heels have been proven to be detrimental to the health of the wearer, as some Ontario residents can likely attest. This marks a major step forward for employee rights the nation over, since moves like this made by provincial authorities can often facilitate change elsewhere in the country. Interestingly, the Ontario Human Rights Commission stated last year that sexualized dress codes could constitute violations of workplace human rights.

Elder abuse on the rise in Ontario communities

The mayor of Timmins has expressed concerns about the rise of incidents of abused seniors in his city, a problem that appears to be spreading throughout the province. Ontario families may already be aware that elder abuse, often carried out by family members of the victims, is one of the most under-reported types of abuse affecting the population. Thankfully, more politicians are drawing attention to this crime in the hopes of stemming its tide across Canada. 

Harassment at work violates employee rights

The Canadian Public Safety Integrity Commissioner has recently been conducting a series of investigations into the conduct of employees and employers at the federal level. The results may come as shocking to some Ontario residents, who may think of governmental entities as organizations dedicated to championing employee rights. Unfortunately, it turns out that even at the highest levels of the country, workplace harassment is still a very prevalent issue for many Canadians.