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ONCA: summary judgment not so simplified

By Nicole Simes Since the Supreme Court decision in  Hryniak v. Mauldin ,  terminated employees are increasingly seeking summary judgment. This method of ... Read more

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How to respond to requests for family status accommodation

By Doug MacLeod Because of changes in demographics and other reasons, employees are increasingly asking for changed work schedules or time off work to care for children and ... Read more

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Termination clauses must reflect human impact of work on one's life

Employment contracts must recognize the fundamental aspect a person’s work has on their life — and the trauma that can accompany termination, says Toronto employment ... Read more

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Hum appointed to Up With Women board of directors

(March 15, 2017 – Toronto) – Hum Law Firm is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Lai-King Hum to the board of directors of  Up With Women . ... Read more

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Guidance on documents in accommodation process 'welcome start'

The Ontario Human Rights Commission's new policy statement  clarifying the types of medical documentation required as part of a request for accommodation represents a step ... Read more

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Latest IBM notice case sets clear rules on calculating damages

By Barry B. Fisher In Patterson v. IBM (2017 CarswellOnt 2625) Justice Dunphy determined the appropriate notice period for a 67-year-old Band 6 IT specialist with 22 ... Read more

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Carving a niche with personable, flexible service: Achkar

Last summer – just two months after he was called to the Ontario bar – Toronto labour, employment, and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar started his own firm. ... Read more

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Canadian businesses need to be proactive in wake of travel ban

The Trump administration’s recent travel ban will undoubtedly create challenges for some North American businesses — and as a result, any Canadian company with an ... Read more

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Employers should be proactive in face of Bill 177 privacy concerns

Ontario's Bill 177  could be a valuable piece of legislation for employees facing domestic abuse, but could also create privacy, privilege, and staffing issues for small ... Read more

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The duty of good faith in employment contracts

By Stuart Rudner  & Brittany Taylor In 2015, the decision in  Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation  made waves in the employment bar by ... Read more

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Canada taking different approach to genetic testing: MacLeod

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is in the bizarre position of preparing to go to the Supreme Court to argue against a federal law passed with the support of its own MPs. ... Read more

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Court finds terminated employee entitled to 15-month severance

An Ontario Superior Court ruling that increased the severance entitlement of a terminated employee from eight weeks to 15 months serves as a cautionary tale for both employers and ... Read more

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'Serious' pay equity issue must be addressed: Anbar

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says there are more women in leadership roles in the public sector where pay equity is the law than in the private sector, where similar ... Read more

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Employers should take steps to accommodate SAD

Although winter will soon be over, some individuals may continue to suffer from the mood disorder formerly known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — and employers who ... Read more

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Vital for employers to investigate all harassment complaints

Bullying and harassment are the top issues facing Canadian workplaces — and employers need to be sure to investigate each and every complaint that is brought forward, ... Read more

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Hum appointed to Toronto Chinese Business Association

Toronto employment and labour lawyer Lai-King Hum has been appointed to the board of directors of the Toronto Chinese Business Association (TCBA). “I look forward to ... Read more

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Proposed Uber lawsuit highlights key employment questions

The proposed Uber class-action lawsuit in Ontario is showing how technology is spawning a growing number of unique businesses that will challenge the parameters of existing law, ... Read more

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On-call duty issue complex for government lawyers

Although the problem of on-call duty is relatively common, the Charter   protections available to government lawyers add a layer of complexity to the issue, Markham ... Read more

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OCA ruling adds scrutiny to termination clauses

A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal emphasizes the importance of using clear termination clauses in restricting an employee’s notice or termination pay, says ... Read more

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Clearing up misconceptions about termination and severance pay

By Stuart Rudner and Geoffrey Lowe There continues to be a plethora of myths and misconceptions when it comes to the termination of the employment relationship. We are asked ... Read more

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