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Can employers claw back employee benefits?

For many Ontario employers, the recent changes to the  Employment Standards Act  will result in higher payroll costs, writes Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod in ... Read more

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Legal advice vital for employers when responding to wage hike: Rose

Businesses that responded to a recent increase in Ontario’s minimum wage by eliminating paid breaks and other employee benefits — often outlined in documents that ... Read more

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Bus driver fired after caught using cellphone while behind the wheel

By Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman Just cause for dismissal? This fall,  a daycare bus driver in Surrey, B.C. was fired after the police caught her using her ... Read more

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Div. Ct overturns claim, SC awards $250,000 for similar behaviour

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the Ontario Divisional Court overturned an award of $7,500 given to a 71-year-old security guard making $24,000/year. One of the reasons ... Read more

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Random drug testing: privacy versus safety

Random drug testing of employees pits their privacy against workplace safety, and the jury is still out on which side is being given more weight in the courts, says Toronto ... Read more

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Employment practices review critical to ensure Bill 148 compliance

The long debate over proposed changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act  (ESA)   ended in November when Bill 148 received royal assent, writes Toronto ... Read more

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Four new protected grounds proposed for Ontario’s Human Rights Code

By Laura Williams On Oct. 4, 2017, Bill 164, The Human Rights Code Amendment Act , 2017 (Bill 164) was introduced in the Ontario legislature as a private member’s ... Read more

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MacDonald's client awarded $1.6 M in case against retailer

A woman represented by Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald has won one of the largest punitive and moral damage awards in Canadian employment law against a retailer for ... Read more

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Employment standards changes will negatively affect small businesses

Small businesses will be negatively affected by recent employment standards changes, employment and labour lawyer Inna Koldorf tells The Lawyer’s Daily . While ... Read more

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Labour changes will improve union organization: Zeilikman

Recent changes to Ontario’s labour laws will make it easier for unions to reach out to employees, Vaughan labour and employment lawyer  Arthur Zeilikman tells The ... Read more

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Stuart Rudner's media roundup

Toronto-area employment lawyer Stuart Rudner is frequently called upon by the media to be a trusted source for their news stories, particularly for his focus on ... Read more

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PTSD bill a positive step: Achkar

A private member's bill that would establish a federal framework to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a positive step in recognizing mental health issues faced by ... Read more

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Employers: investigate harassment complaints before taking action

With the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #metoo campaign impacting many workplaces, it’s important that organizations investigate before imposing discipline or dismissing ... Read more

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ONCA cautions against partial summary judgment

By Nicole Simes As I noted in an  earlier blog , the Supreme Court in this case ,   “rewrote the law on summary judgment” and opened the doors to ... Read more

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Amid sexual harassment suits, Soulpepper takes 'quick, decisive' action

TORONTO — The renowned co-founder of one of the country's leading theatre companies resigned Thursday, just days after four actresses alleged in lawsuits that he had ... Read more

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Sham offers of reemployment after termination backfires big time

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge had a situation where a 63-year-old advisor with 12.5 years’ service making $30,000/year was terminated without cause. ... Read more

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Many barriers to random drug-testing programs for employers

A long-running dispute between an oil company and a union representing its workers shows how big a challenge employers face to institute random drug and alcohol testing in their ... Read more

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Addressing emotions key to successful employment mediations

All parties to an employment law mediation need to address the emotional nature of the dispute before they can hope to reach a settlement, Toronto mediator and settlement ... Read more

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Commission sales agents – employee or contractor?

By Bram Lecker  and Simon Pelsmakher Commission sales agents Do you know someone who perpetually has a pen in their left shirt pocket, a joke on their tongue and an ... Read more

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‘Weinstein effect’ behind uptick in sexual misconduct complaints

When sexual abuse allegations directed at Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein first came to light in October — leading to a tsunami of complaints against powerful men ... Read more

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