Ontario’s human rights – one year later (Legal view)

Changes to code demand greater care of employee rights
By Anthony Moffatt
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2009

When Ontario’s Human Rights Code was amended, in June 2008, the provincial government said the changes would provide a “stronger, faster and more effective” human rights system — but they also created an environment where employers must be even more careful of employee rights.

The changes that have the most significant impact on employers are:

• All provincially regulated employers in Ontario are subject to a human rights regime that prioritizes the rights of all complainants (or applicants) to a hearing with written reasons.