Employment & Labour

Six steps to selecting an employment mediator

Choosing the right mediator is a vital first step in settling your case, so it’s essential to make an informed decision, says Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. Fisher. Read more

Another one bites the dust: termination clause enforceability

By Laura Williams The Ontario Court of Appeal (“ONCA”) recently provided further guidance on the enforceability of termination clauses and wrongfully dismissed employees’ entitlement to damages for the lost opportunity to earn a bonus during the reasonable notice period in a recent case. Read more

Losing licence for cleaning wife’s teeth ‘highly problematic’

The case of a dental hygienist who was in a technical breach of “sexual abuse” provisions and lost his licence after treating his wife highlights the absurdity of a provincial law, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman, who also provides representation to licensed employees facing professional discipline. Read more

Recession alarm — how secure is your job?

By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher In recent weeks, economists and journalists alike are sounding the alarm of a pending recession. U.S.-China trade tensions, a shrinking European economy and rising inflation leave analysts nervous about the state of the world economy. Read more

Workplace harassment provisions coming to the Canada Labour Code

By Doug MacLeod Our last blog discussed new amendments to the Canada Labour Code (the Code) that came into force on September 1. Employers cannot rest just yet – even bigger changes are expected to arrive in 2020 in relation to workplace harassment and violence. Read more

Dress codes at the workplace

By Christopher Achkar Employers implement dress codes at the workplace for many reasons, including promoting a certain vision or brand, ensuring employees comply with safety standards, and creating a more professional workplace. Read more

Seminar to review changes to B.C.’s Labour Relations Code

Vancouver employment lawyer Melanie D. Booth along with colleagues Mike Weiler and Jesse Dunning will present a seminar on changes to British Columbia’s Labour Relations Code, which came into effect in June 2019. Read more

Ex-federal workers can file complaints under CLC changes

Former employees of federally regulated businesses will be able to make a complaint of harassment or violence up to three months after they leave their job when changes to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) come into force next year, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Employer loses case because it used ‘or’ instead of ‘and’

By Barry B. Fisher In this case, the judge had to determine the validity of the following termination clause: Read more

Create rules to cover political discussions at work: Marshall

Employers must be very clear on policy when it comes to dealing with personal and political views in the workplace, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Kevin Marshall. Read more

Changes to federal labour code a good start: Imai

Workers in federally regulated industries will benefit from recent changes to the Canada Labour Code, while those in provincially regulated sectors continue to deal with cutbacks imposed by the Ontario government, says Toronto employment lawyer Mika Imai. Read more

Termination for off-duty misconduct part 1: the basics

By Laura Williams In the age of social media and perpetual digital interconnectedness, incidents of employee off-duty misconduct are increasingly making their way back to employers. Read more

Workplace relationship guidelines are essential: Williams

Clarity is vital when it comes to a company’s policy governing relationships in the workplace, Markham-based employment lawyer Laura Williams tells Canadian Underwriter magazine. Read more

Rose to discuss workplace mediation and accommodating mental health

As part of Osgoode Professional Development’s (OsgoodePD) Certificate in Mental Health Law, Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose will discuss mediation in the context of accommodating mental health disabilities in the workplace. Read more

Firms count on employees just accepting non-compete clauses

Canadian employers continue to insist on placing non-compete clauses in employment contracts even though they are largely unenforceable, Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells the Globe and Mail. Read more