Human Rights Law Category Page

Articles and resources concerning human rights law as it pertains to those seeking employment law advice. The content of these articles, and this website generally, is not intended as legal advice and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.

Supreme Court Plays Trick or Treat with Unionized Employees’ Access to Justice

In a devastating decision for unionized employees, the Supreme Court stripped them of their access to justice by means of personally pursuing a human rights complaint against their employer to a statutory human rights tribunal. In Northern Regional Health Authority v Horrocks, the SCC granted the employee’s union the broad discretion whether or not to [...]

By |2021-10-26T10:48:22-07:00October 26th, 2021|Discrimination at Work, Human Rights Law|

The “right to disconnect?” Three important legal issues in work-from-home arrangements (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSkPuttEHyA Transcript: In October 2020, the “Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee” began meeting regularly. Its mission? To provide recommendations to Canada’s federal government on supporting their workers’ work-life balance and well-being. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Rebecca Jackson, a lawyer at Labour Rights Law Office. After the video, if you have [...]

The “right to disconnect?” Three important legal issues in work-from-home arrangements

“Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee” is the latest reminder of the employment issues that can arise when employees work from home In October 2020, the “Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee” began meeting regularly. Its mission? To provide recommendations to Canada’s federal government on supporting their workers’ work-life balance and well-being. A briefing note on [...]

By |2021-07-26T15:57:51-07:00July 26th, 2021|BC Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Law|

Can employees keep their medical information private?

Does an employee have a right to confidentiality and privacy of their medical information? Employees have a right to confidentiality and privacy of their personal medical information, but these rights are not absolute. Similarly, employers do not have an absolute right to require an employee to disclose confidential medical information, or the right to require [...]

By |2021-05-13T12:11:32-07:00March 22nd, 2020|Breach of Privacy, Health and Safety, Human Rights Law|

Workers with Disabilities

Employers have important obligations towards workers with disabilities Diversity is one of British Columbia’s greatest strengths and employers gain the diversity advantage when they seek to employ people with disabilities. It is estimated that more than six million Canadians identify as having a disability. Globally, the population of persons with a disability is 1.3 billion. [...]

What Can I do if I am Being Bullied and Harassed at Work?

What Can I do if I am Being Bullied and Harassed at Work? Under the BC Workers Compensation Act, regulations, and policy, it is the obligation of everyone in the workplace, i.e., the employer, supervisors, and employees, to take all reasonable steps to prevent bullying and harassment from taking place. However, not every unpleasant interaction [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:41:06-07:00February 20th, 2020|Discrimination at Work, Human Rights Law|

Discrimination in human rights law and the duty to accommodate

Discrimination in human rights law and the duty to accommodate The law involving the duty to accommodate is complex and constantly evolving. Because of this, it's helpful for employees and employers to understand the fundamental legal principles upon which the law is based. It is equally important to obtain timely legal advice from a human [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:02:15-07:00February 12th, 2020|Discrimination at Work, Human Rights Law|

Can I stay home from work when it’s snowing?

Can I stay home from work when it’s snowing?   It’s snowing outside, and you’re wondering if you can stay home from work. If you’re in BC, and you have kids, the answer may be “yes!” Under the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”), if your child has to stay home from school because of a [...]

By |2021-07-12T14:24:05-07:00February 9th, 2020|BC Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Law|

Human Rights Law 101: What do I do if I’ve been discriminated against?

What do I do if I’ve been discriminated against? Do you think you’ve been discriminated against? This blog entry sets out what discrimination is under human rights legislation, and what you can do if you’ve been discriminated against. 1)            Is the discrimination illegal? Discrimination is illegal under the laws of all provinces and territories in [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:02:05-07:00November 29th, 2019|Discrimination at Work, Human Rights Law|

Discriminatory Facebook posting breaches Human Rights Code

In Perez-Moreno v Kulczycki, Vice-Chair Kershaw of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal held that the Respondent's Facebook posting constituted discrimination contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Facts On 1 August 2012, Perez-Moreno intervened in an argument at work between Kulczycki, a co-worker, and an individual with whom Perez-Moreno was in a relationship. Vice-Chair Kershaw found that, [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:01:10-07:00November 29th, 2015|Discrimination at Work, Human Rights Law|

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