Divisional Court Confirms Christian Employer can Benefit from Human Rights Code Exemption

Christian Horizons is an organization created in 1965 that ministers to developmentally disabled persons in an Evangelical Christian Environment. However, it serves people regardless of their faith. Connie Heintz was employed by Christian Horizons as a support worker. As part of her employment contract, she was required to sign a “Lifestyle and Morality Statement” (“the […]

Government Charged Following Workplace Fatality

The Canadian government has been charged following a boiler explosion in Ottawa that occurred on October 19th, 2009. The explosion took place at the Cliff Central Heating and Cooling Plant near Parliament Hill, resulting in the death of an engineer, and seriously injuring others. Federal health and safety officers had recommended that several charges be […]

Arbitrator Justifies Employer Access to Employee’s Personal Cell Phone Records

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference v. Canadian Pacific Railway Company, (June 23, 2010) Case No. 3900 (Picher). Following a number of serious railway collisions, the Canadian Pacific Railway (“CPR”) adopted a policy asking employees to provide copies of their personal cell phone records as part of an investigation regarding any significant accident that continued to be […]

Criminal Charges Laid in Case Involving Death of Four Workers

Company officials in Ontario have been charged with criminal negligence as a result of a workplace fatality. Criminal charges were laid after the death of four employees in Toronto on Christmas Eve, 2009. The swing-stage where the employees had been working broke apart while the employees were restoring the exterior of an apartment building. The […]

Attendance Management Program Resulted in Systemic Discrimination for Disabled Employees

In Coast Mountain Bus Company, the British Columbia Court of Appeal recently restored a British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal decision that found that certain aspects of Coast Mountain’s attendance management program (“AMP”) were discriminatory. This decision of the Court of Appeal overturned a 2009 decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court. Coast Mountain’s AMP program […]