Employment & Labour

How can an employee policy handbook benefit me?

By Christopher Achkar Although training can be instrumental to employees’ success, it is not always enough. Similarly, even the best-written contracts are sometimes insufficient to prevent various workplace issues that may arise. This is where an employee policy handbook can complement an employment contract and employee training. Read more

Rose to present at OBA Labour & Employment program

Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose will be a guest speaker at an upcoming Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment CPD program. Read more

Implications to employers of changes in court procedures

By Laura Williams On January 1, 2020 the monetary limits for claims proceeding in Ontario’s Small Claims Court, and under Rule 76 simplified procedure of the Rules of Civil Procedure (the “Rules”) in the Superior Court of Justice will be increased. Read more

Employers can be liable for employee assaults on colleagues

Employers must perform their due diligence when appointing supervisors following a recent decision in which a magazine company was found vicariously liable for one employee’s assault on another, says Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Achkar. Read more

The hiring process and citizenship

By Stuart Rudner I want to talk about the hiring process and citizenship. Specifically, whether employers can ask new applicants where they’re from, whether they are a Canadian citizen, or other things relating to personal and confidential matters that should not be part of the hiring process. Read more

Booth to discuss changes to the ESA at upcoming seminar

Vancouver employment lawyer Melanie D. Booth along with colleague Chris Drinovz will present a seminar on recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act. Read more

Justice’s technical prowess serves employment clients

Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Justice prides himself on being a fierce advocate for his clients, and he says nothing gives him a greater sense of satisfaction than the gratitude of a happy customer. Read more

Supreme Court set to hear Uber case with implications for gig economy

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is set to start to hear a case today brought by Uber with potentially significant implications for the gig economy. Read more

Wright to appear before SCC in ride-sharing driver case

An agreement between the world’s leading ride-sharing service and one of its drivers is unfair, and the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) should uphold a lower court decision to allow a class-action lawsuit to proceed, Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells the Globe and Mail. Read more

Use clear language in employee incentive plans: Irwin

With companies basing more of their compensation for C-Suite employees on bonus incentives, Toronto employment lawyer Mackenzie Irwin says employees need to be aware of their rights at termination, and employers must ensure contract language is clear and unequivocal. Read more

Fired while ill?

By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher For most of us, a secure job is one of the most important pillars in our life. While your employer can fire you for whatever reason they deem fit, the reason cannot be discriminatory. Disability is one such area of discrimination. Read more

Precise language vital in variable compensation clauses: OCA

A recent case provides essential guidance for both employers and executives about the importance of including clear language around variable compensation in employment contracts — and also in separate documents that are to be reviewed annually, says Toronto employment lawyer Jordan Rodney. Read more

First impressions of SCC examination of exclusionary clauses

By Barry B. Fisher In this case, the Supreme Court of Canada deals with exclusionary clauses in employment contracts: Read more

Good news for employers on termination clause enforceability

By Laura Williams As many employers know, enforceable termination clauses that limit employees’ common law termination entitlements are essential to minimize the costs involved with ending employment relationships, but courts strictly scrutinize and frequently refuse to enforce such clauses, often for very technical reasons. Read more

Cannabis in workplace: policies, procedures, mediation can help

While fears that legalized marijuana would have a detrimental effect on the workplace were “overblown,” it is still imperative for employers and employees to be proactive when dealing with the issue, says Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner. Read more