Tribunal work involves legislation that affects clients with a wide range of legal issues. Employment, environmental issues, and social justice are just a few of the areas that are handled by dozens of tribunals established by the government. Here are some recent cases and reports from tribunals where paralegals may practice:
- Autistic girl denied service at restaurant because of her service dog awarded $2,500 as compensation for injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect – Sweet v. 1790907 Ontario Inc. o/a Kanda Sushi, 2015 HRTO 433 (CanLII)
- Wind farm case going back to Environmental Review Tribunal; ONCA overturns part of a Divisional Court finding related to irreversible harm to Blanding’s turtles if the Prince Edward County project goes ahead
- British Columbia’s ODR system for condo and small claims disputes will go live summer. Ontario is following the system, with a mind to move some tribunals online. This is how it works.
- Disability appeals are on the rise, as reviews and applications keep legal clinics busy
- Builders, landlords adjust to barrier-free rules
- LTB has tweaked the new N8 termination notice – details section is now less restrictive
- In time for Pan-Am Games – Inspection blitz planned for precarious workers, including security guards, fitness & rec centre staff, recreation industry; Internships blitz planned for the fall
- The Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) has raised the alarm over the future of tribunals in the province. Ontario’s 10-year cap on the overall length of appointments to Ontario’s 17 largest tribunals means we are “a year away from a crisis.”
Quality and quantity of decisions are at risk, and delays could increase as appointments end. Half the adjudicators could have no experience at all, according to SOAR’s report.
- Scheduling no shifts for pregnant day-care worker found to be discriminatory; $18,000 for lost wages, code violation – Richards v. 905950 Ontario Ltd. o/a Storybook Childcare Centre, 2015 HRTO 517 (CanLII)
- Long-delayed coroners’ inquests to reconvene this fall, after regulatory changes encourage Native representation
- Employment Standards – Ontario has launched a review of the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act; the Workers Action Centre has released a report as part of the consultations
- FSCO issues warning to drivers and passengers about Uber-style “ride-sharing” risks