Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What You Need to Know about the Legal Showdown Brewing between Ford and Teachers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What You Need to Know about the Legal Showdown Brewing between Ford and Teachers

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Here are some details on the various laws, regulations and bodies that could come into play in an ongoing dispute over whether Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government has done enough to protect teachers and students returning to the classroom for the first time since March.

Ontario Labour Relations Board —This board is the quasi-judicial body tasked under the Labour Relations Act with adjudicating labour disputes in the province that do not require the attention of a court and judge. It rules on disputes related to the Employment Standards Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act and other labour laws.

Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act — This act gives workers the right to a safe workplace and to refuse unsafe work. Of particular relevance here, it obliges an employer to “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.”

The unions argue that Ontario’s government is in breach of the law by failing to adequately limit class sizes, ensure a minimum standard of ventilation in schools, or enforce the use of masks for all students.

Ontario Human Rights Code — The code protects people from discrimination on the basis of a range of characteristics, including family status and disability. …

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