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Employers should prepare for domestic violence leave bill

Businesses should consider preparing ahead of time — by creating a policy and a reserve fund — in order to address proposed legislation regarding leave for ... Read more

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Ontario's top court confirms correct approach to employee severance

By Paul Willetts A recent decision from Ontario's Court of Appeal confirms how the courts in our province will assess an employee's  severance entitlement  where ... Read more

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Sexual harassment at home

By Nicole Simes Trigger warning: this blog contains content about sexual harassment and violence Rental housing and accommodation is a protected social area under ... Read more

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Reforms will cost employers, bring positive change for workers

The Ontario government’s workplace reforms will improve the lives of many employees but will sharply increase business costs, says Toronto employment lawyer Anatoly Dvorkin ... Read more

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Sexual harassment brought to forefront again with Weinstein scandal

While society is seeing more harassers such as Harvey Weinstein exposed and penalized than ever before, there’s still “a long way to go,” Toronto-area employment ... Read more

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Dishonesty you can’t come back from

By Laura Williams Employees have an implied duty of faithfulness and honesty to their employers. However, as disconcerting as it is for many employers to learn, dishonesty by ... Read more

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The employment agreement – trickier than you think

By Brian Greenspan I am no longer surprised when I meet with employers and employees and they cannot recall: (a) if they have an   employment agreement ; or ... Read more

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New rules seek to improve workplace complaints process

Toronto civil litigator  Stephany Mandin hopes Ontario’s new rules governing workplace sexual violence and harassment will give employees the courage to report such ... Read more

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Natalie MacDonald launches new employment law firm

Toronto employment lawyer  Natalie MacDonald  has launched another new boutique employment law firm but this time, all on her own.   MacDonald & ... Read more

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Did the employee quit? When a resignation is actually a termination

By Miriam Anbar Consider you have a disgruntled employee working for you and you suspect he wants to quit. However, you are also prepared to terminate him. One day, the ... Read more

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Human rights tribunals an increasingly popular option for sex assault victims

Civil justice forums can provide sexual assault victims with a friendlier environment to seek redress than the criminal justice system, says Hamilton employment lawyer  ... Read more

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Employee mental health

By Bram Lecker and Ian Hurley An employee of a live chat provider  made the news  recently. She needed a couple of mental health days off and wrote an email to ... Read more

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The rights of unionized employees

By Nicole Simes Are you a unionized employee? Have you been terminated or have you experienced mistreatment in your workplace on the basis of your age, race, religious ... Read more

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Reversal of controversial tax policy a good thing: Achkar

OTTAWA — The federal government appears to be doing away with a controversial tax policy interpretation that would have seen employees taxed for discounts they get ... Read more

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Dismissal for off-duty conduct

While what an employee does on their own time is their business, the law provides for discipline and dismissal as a result of off-duty conduct in limited circumstances, ... Read more

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Let’s talk: mental health issues at work

There are growing legal expectations for employers to be more proactive in accommodating employees who are dealing with mental health crises, says Toronto ... Read more

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Two-pronged test for lack of work issue in Canada Labour Code

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the adjudicator commented on the test to be used in determining whether an employer could rely on the “lack of work” or ... Read more

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Q&A: Ontario severance packages and termination of employment

By Paul Willetts Q&A is a recurring series on the  Vey Willetts LLP blog . The aim is to provide quick answers to questions we commonly encounter in our day-to-day ... Read more

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How to comply with WorkSafeBC rules after 'reportable' incidents

Employers should be aware of their responsibilities under the law following a workplace injury, says Vancouver occupational health and safety lawyer  Melanie D. Booth . ... Read more

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Mediator offers tips for writing compelling briefs

Mediation briefs should be written for their intended audience, and that's the mediator, not the client or the opposing lawyer, says Toronto employment mediator and ... Read more

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