Concise coverage of Canadian human rights law in employment
CACE, through its Human Rights Committee, has drawn on its membership of distinguished firms and lawyers from across Canada to develop a truly unique legal publication that is intended for the benefit of adjudicators, mediators, lawyers, human resources professions, human rights advocates, and students who practice in the area of human rights or who have an interest in this important and rapidly changing area of the law.
In a consistent format, readers will have access to procedures, practice tips, key cases, and emerging issues in each of the Canadian jurisdictions. This will benefit organizations with operations in different parts of Canada. At least as important, it will provide for comparative analysis, which is of considerable benefit in terms of current application and ongoing development of human rights law and procedures throughout Canada.
- The previous edition of the Cross-Canada Guide to Human Rights was published in 2014. Over the past year, a team of lawyers from leading labour and employment law firms across Canada, in consultation with Ministries, administrative tribunals, and Commissions, has conducted a complete review of statutory law, procedural rules, and applicable jurisprudence to ensure that the 2016 publication is as up to date as possible.
- To help readers make comparisons between jurisdictions, the presentation of the material has been both streamlined and better integrated.
- Among notable changes highlighted in the 2016 edition are the new Rules of Procedure in B.C., effective January 15, 2016, and the continuing evolution of the new statutory regime in Saskatchewan.
- Key changes are noted to Quebec legislation that are peripheral to the human rights "Charter" (as it is known in Quebec).
- Among key legal developments that are monitored and further explored are the accommodation obligations in respect of family status, and the increasing importance of disability claims and accommodation requests in respect of mental illness; there is also an interesting "BFOQ" case from New Brunswick ("Bryniak") that highlights different approaches.
- The above are only some examples of changes that have been picked up over the past two years and incorporated into the 2016 edition. With our team of authors, in addition to updates, there has been a complete overhaul of the text to better reflect key and emerging human rights issues.