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Canadian Human Rights Act: Quick Reference, 2011 Edition

November 15, 2011: The 2012 Edition is in preparation and is expected to be released in December (price TBA). If you would like to be notified when the new edition is available to order, please contact us. We still have limited stock of the 2011 edition.

Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-7798-2719-8
Pages 226
Language English only
Price $70.00
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Written by Jamie Knight, LL.B., Michael D. Failes, LL.B., LL.M., and Laura Karabulut, LL.B., of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP.
Published by Carswell, 2010.

This is an annual publication. The 2011 edition was released December 2010. The 2012 edition is expected to be released in December 2011.


Description of last year's 2011 edition:

The Canadian Human Rights Act is the central federal legislation that protects the right of individuals to freely participate without unlawful discrimination in all key aspects of society, including employment.

The Canadian Human Rights Act: Quick Reference is intended to provide federal employers, employees and bargaining agents with a complete yet concise overview of the Canadian Human Rights Act and its potential impact on those operating in federally regulated industries. Any employer or service-provider whose enterprise falls within this federal sphere is well advised to familiarize itself with the provisions of the Act. This Quick Reference will also be of interest to human resources professionals across Canada.

The Canadian Human Rights Act: Quick Reference, 2011 Edition features clarifications and source references as well as the following:
  • Recent Supreme Court of Canada case law has been added that clarifies the standard to be applied in determining whether an employer has met its duty to accommodate an employee's reintegration into the workplace.
  • The legislation has been updated to reflect a recent amendment regarding the application of the Act.
  • Recent Supreme Court of Canada case law has been added that significantly modifies the standard of review of administrative tribunals.
  • Recent case law has been added to reflect the Tribunal's jurisdiction to award compensation for breach of the Act such as for legal costs, and also to reflect the Tribunal's authority to limit compensation by taking into account the concept of mitigation.
New additions to the 2001 Quick Reference include:
  • Identification of Human Rights Commission offices as of June 2010.
  • Review of the Human Rights Maturity Model, introduced in May 2010; the Model exists to help employers create a self-sustaining culture of human rights in their workplaces.
  • Review of recent jurisprudential developments in respect of the interpretation and application of discrimination based on the ground of family status.
  • Consideration of the Commission's policy in respect of dealing with hate messages, introduced in February 2010.
  • Overview of the Commission's new Dispute Resolution Operating Procedures, effective as of April 28, 2010.
  • Assessment of the Commission's revised policy on drug and alcohol testing, introduced in October 2009.
  • Review of some notable damage awards.
  • Update with respect to Employment Equity and the Federal Contractors Program.
This Quick Reference volume also contains the full text of the Canadian Human Rights Act and Regulations and the Employment Equity Act.

The legislation cited in this edition is current to Canada Gazette 144:22 (October 27, 2010).

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