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Clients best served when lawyers set realistic expectations

People who feel wronged by a job dismissal should not expect their lawyer to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, says Toronto personal injury and employment lawyer  ... Read more

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Health scare spurs Greenspan's employment law practice

An occupational illness in his early twenties helped inspire   Toronto-area lawyer Brian Greenspan to a career in employment law.   One summer, while working a ... Read more

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A guide to employment contracts: Rudner and MacDonald

An employment contract is a critical agreement that covers more than salary and vacation, and there are a number of considerations to keep in mind before signing, Toronto ... Read more

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Preparing an employee severance package: reasons to hire a lawyer

By Doug MacLeod 1. A lawyer can explain your  obligations  under the Employment Standards Act . Did you know there are employees who are not entitled to vacation ... Read more

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Who is a dependent contractor?

By Heather Hettiarachchi Employers are generally familiar with the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor. However, many may not be aware that there is ... Read more

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Update workplace policies ahead of marijuana legalization

While there may not be a noticeable change in the number of employees using marijuana once it is legalized, employers must still update their policies and regulate its use in the ... Read more

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Secret recordings of meetings with boss may constitute just cause

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge upheld the dismissal of a 42-year-old merchandising manager with 15 years’ service for a series of four separate incidents ... Read more

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Latest Chapter in Employment Law: contractors, termination

By Stuart Rudner and David Master In this edition of  The Latest Chapter , we discuss the ongoing issue of misclassification of workers, and whether some people working ... Read more

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Gen Z lawyers' move toward face-to-face communication positive

One recent study suggests that the next generation of lawyers will prefer communicating face-to-face with their work colleagues, as opposed to texting and e-mailing — a ... Read more

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SCC ruling limiting workplace drug, alcohol testing still applies

Although Transport Canada discussed the possibility of a policy for random drug and alcohol testing at its recent ‘Fit to Fly’ workshop, Toronto employment and labour ... Read more

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Raising minimum wage will have significant impact on employers: Simes

Proposed changes to Ontario’s employment laws are significant and could have a big impact if they’re implemented, says Toronto employment lawyer  Nicole Simes . ... Read more

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Was I just fired? Understanding your employer’s words and actions

By Nicole Simes Normally, an employee knows if he has been fired. The employer sits him down, provides a termination letter and often offers a severance package. However, on ... Read more

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Possible risks associated with extended parental leave: Zeilikman

The option of extending parental leave to 18 months may lead to some challenges and risks to employees who choose to use it, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur ... Read more

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Dealing with nightmare neighbours in condos

Two recent decisions demonstrate how far the courts are willing to go to deal with disruptive condominium owners and tenants, says Toronto labour and employment lawyer  ... Read more

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Employer sentence sends message about paying wages, following orders

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – A Peel Region employer has been sentenced to jail time after being convicted of failing to pay about $140,000 to his workers, who were mostly university ... Read more

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Landmark workplace changes introduced by proposed law: Hum

After nearly two decades without significant change to workplace standards in Ontario, the provincial government's introduction of the proposed  Fair Workplaces, Better ... Read more

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Law must evolve as needs of families change

The case of a mother who was fired after taking a leave of absence to care for her sick child highlights a gap in Canadian laws while pointing to the growing need for employers to ... Read more

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OCA case affirms companies must honour employee rights

An appeal court win by a grandmother who sued a multinational corporation for constructive dismissal can provide a number of lessons learned for employers for a couple of ... Read more

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Minimum-wage payroll costs will jump under new legislation: MacLeod

The Ontario government’s plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour will likely have a major financial impact on employers who are heavily reliant on basic pay ... Read more

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Look to employment contract to assess entitlement after harassment

For those seeking compensation after enduring workplace harassment, their employment contract is often a significant indicator of how much money they could receive in a claim, ... Read more

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