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 hearing process, which can be initiated by the Tribunal or at the respondent's request. Under this process, the applicant must demonstrate that the complaint has a "reasonable prospect of success". The summary hearing usually occurs by teleconference with limited disclosure of documents. If the application is not dismissed, it moves on to a full hearing.
Since then, many cases have been dismissed by the Tribunal because the allegations could not be linked to a prohibited ground of discrimination. The Tribunal routinely commented that it had no jurisdiction to deal with allegations of "unfairness". But what has truly been welcomed by employers has been
Minimum wage is ever increasing. In light of the 2014 minimum wage increases in Ontario, the Yukon, Quebec and in Newfoundland and Labroador, we wanted to take a look back at the journey of minimum wage in Canada and all of its jurisdictions. Taking from Statistics Canada and several other sources, a profile of minimum wages in the past ten years has been outlined by province.
In our Education Newsletter of October, 2013 we outlined the key features of Bill 122, which provides a framework for a two-tiered bargaining system. On April 7, 2014, Bill 122 passed third reading at the legislature, establishing the School Boards
guidThe Government of Ontario announced on March 6, 2014 that it will introduce legislation to strengthen the accountability and increase the transparency of the Broader Public Sector, including school boards. Although the legislation has not yet been