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Court says no just cause for Humane Society

By Nicole Simes The courts have described just cause terminations as the “capital punishment” of employment law. If an employee is terminated for “just ... Read more

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Law firm flexibility key to retention of women lawyers

Although gaps can exist between a law firm’s expectations and a lawyer’s ability to have work-life balance, creativity and flexibility on the part of firms can go a ... Read more

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A happy workplace is a productive workplace

Toronto employment lawyer  Laura Williams is encouraged by two new studies that suggest Canadian workplaces have become psychologically safer in recent years. ... Read more

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Firing over fast food meal leads to rare aggravated damages award

A British Columbia court applied a common-sense approach in awarding $46,000 to a 25-year Burger King employee in a wrongful dismissal case, says Vancouver employment lawyer ... Read more

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Litigation risk associated with employee terminations

By Doug MacLeod Employment contracts eliminate litigation risk An employee and employer can agree on how much notice of termination the employer must provide the ... Read more

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Multi-pronged approach required to stem opioid crisis

New federal regulations that restrict fentanyl production are a step in the right direction, but more must be done to prevent the underlying issue of prescription opioid abuse, ... Read more

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Employers need to take harassment complaints seriously: Hum

TORONTO — A woman who endured constant on-the-job sexual harassment before being unceremoniously fired when she complained deserved ``moral damages'' from her former ... Read more

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Guidelines clarify records needed for disability accommodation

Guidelines recently updated by the Ontario Human Rights Commission should clarify what medical documentation is required to accommodate disabilities, says Toronto ... Read more

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Clear policy on drug and alcohol use best option for employers

When drafting a workplace drug and alcohol policy, it can often be a challenge for employers to balance employee rights with the company’s need to operate a safe and ... Read more

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High bar in sexual misconduct cases essential, ruling shows

TORONTO — A woman who endured constant on-the-job sexual harassment before being unceremoniously fired when she complained deserved "moral damages'' from her former ... Read more

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Employer owes duty of good faith in investigations

A recent decision from Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice should serve as a warning to employers to inform staff of allegations against them and provide   a ... Read more

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Employer obligations around Family Day

It’s important that employers are aware of their statutory requirements around giving employees time off for Family Day, the public holiday celebrated on the ... Read more

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Common workplace injuries require accommodation, flexibility

With injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain common in the workplace, employers can provide ergonomically assistive equipment and other accommodation to help ensure ... Read more

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Age discrimination alleged in condo rental dispute

The case of a young couple who claim they were denied a condo rental because of their age highlights the importance of knowing one's rights, says Toronto employment and human ... Read more

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‘Horrible’ bosses share one common trait: they’re bullies

(Feb. 9, 2017 — Toronto) — With the U.S. president showcasing an abrasive and aggressive leadership style to the world, the question of what makes a boss "horrible" ... Read more

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ESA exemptions fit nature of job roles in most cases

Exemptions under the  Employment Standards Act, 2000  are less concerning than employers who inadvertently or deliberately violate the Act, says Toronto employment ... Read more

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Ontario employers to allow paid leave for domestic violence victims

Victims of domestic or sexual violence in Ontario may soon be permitted to take a 10-day paid leave from work, allowing victims to seek safety with the help of their employers, ... Read more

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Is asking about age in an interview discrimination?

By Nicole Simes The  Toronto Star  recently reported that a 55-year-old woman alleges that the Toronto Police Services (TPS) refused to hire her as a police ... Read more

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The reputational impacts of workplace harassment allegations

Allegations of an “incessant personal attack” in the harassment probe of a top surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children raises questions of how the reputation and ... Read more

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Parents of twins deserve twice the EI benefits

Parents of twins and multiples on parental leave should be able to collect employment insurance benefits for each child like they would if an adoption and a birth took place at ... Read more

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