Tag: Human Rights
Personal liability of directors under employment legislation is a real risk. Directors and officers can be personally liable for compliance in some cases – including being personally liable to pay amounts owing to employees, being charged for offences related to non-compliance and being subject to penalties and fines, or even imprisonment. This liability can be significant – if you are a director of a corporation (whether its for-profit or non-profit), you need to understand your potential liability.
COVID-19 has resulted in many changes to employment standards and health and safety legislation (see our other COVID-19 posts), but it also has implications for human rights. The Human Rights Commissions of several provinces have issued policy statements or provided guidance indicating that COVID-19 may engage certain grounds of discrimination. Note that this post only covers those provinces that have provided explicit guidance regarding discrimination and COVID-19. This does not mean that the other provinces do not consider COVID-19 to fall within the prohibited grounds, only that they have not provided specific guidance on this point. More »