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AGM Notice --- September 23rd, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

on August 27, 2020

The Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic will be hosting its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Join us online via Zoom. Click here to access the Zoom meeting information as well as the AGM Agenda. To access .PDF versions of the following documents, please click on the links below: 2020 WHSLC Annual Report 2020 Audited Financial Statements 2019 AGM Meeting Minutes

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Uber v. Heller - A win for the “Gig” Economy Workers.

on June 29, 2020

In a win for “gig” economy workers, the Supreme Court of Canada found in Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller that the onerous mandatory arbitration clause in Uber’s service agreements is unconscionable. The Supreme Court of Canada released the decision Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller. This decision was an appeal from the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal found that Uber’s mandatory arbitration clause was “unconscionable”. The Clinic intervened to argue that mandatory arbitration clauses, like Uber’s, undermine the minimum protections for workers in Ontario.

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Letter to the Premier Recommending Paid Sick Leave and Mandatory Medical Notes.

on June 15, 2020

On June 15th, the Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic wrote a letter to Premier Ford and Minister McNaughton to urge the Ontario government to work with the federal government to require employers institute paid sick days for provincially regulated workers in Ontario. Whether it is the common cold or COVID-19, infectious diseases that impact workers will remain a constant. In Ontario, workers who are required to obtain medical notes and do not have access to paid sick leave are disproportionately racialized women, migrants and young workers, working lower income, non-unionized positions which cannot be performed remotely.

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U of T Capstone Project: Improving Manual Material Handling.

on June 1, 2020

The Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic continued its partnership with first year engineering students at the University of Toronto by participating in U of T Engineering Strategies & Practice Course, and the 2019-2020 Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Course. Proposed by Clinic volunteer, Edward Liu, this year’s project looked to address one of the most common injuries in the workplace - lower back pain. Statistics show that almost 1 in 4 workers will experience some form of injury because of repeated lifting and transporting of heavy materials.

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