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Molyneaux Law is Hiring: Part-time Legal Assistant

Molyneaux Law seeks a part-time legal assistant to support a sole practitioner with a growing employment and human rights law practice. The ideal candidate: Has excellent communication skills Has experience working in an office setting, preferably as a legal assistant...

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Reference Letters and the Law: The Power of a Positive (or Negative) Reference

A good reference letter can go a long way to help you land a job. They’re also invaluable to employers, looking to check out the claims an applicant has made in their resume or interview. But, both employers and employees have misconceptions about how the law applies to getting or providing a reference. Does your former employer need to give you a reference? Do you have to decline to comment if you don’t have anything nice to say? What can you do if your boss gave you a bad reference?

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EQUAL PAY DAY: WHEN WILL ONTARIO WOMEN GET PAY EQUALITY?

Today is Equal Pay Day. This bittersweet holiday draws attention to the ongoing disparity between men and women’s pay. While pay discrimination has been illegal for decades, the income cap persists. In Ontario, the gender pay gap ranges from industry to industry, but averages just below 30%. The gap is wider for racialized, indigenous, trans and disabled women.

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DISCRIMINATION & DRESS CODES: CAN MY EMPLOYER MAKE ME WEAR MAKE-UP?

The Union that represents Air Canada flight attendants made news this month when it filed a human rights complaint against the airline based in part on its uniform and make-up rules. The Union alleges that the airline’s dress code discriminates against employees on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and race. If your employer has rules about what you can wear to work, you might be wondering: can my employer make me wear make up?

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TAKE THE DAY OFF! NEW RULES FOR SICK DAYS, PERSONAL DAYS AND VACATION

The Ontario Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) changed significantly in January 2018. The most talked about change has been an increase in minimum wage, however there are a few other notable changes workers and employer should know about. This week, we tackle time off: vacation, sick days and personal days (a.k.a personal emergency leave)!

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