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Tough to lock-down policies on medical marijuana at work: Irwin

Companies should have policies in place that clearly spell out the expectations and limitations when it comes to an employee's use of medicinal marijuana in the workplace, ... Read more

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New harassment damages — be mindful of potential liability

By Laura Williams Recently, Ontario courts have been faced with an increase of claims for harassment damages by employees claiming they have been mistreated by their ... Read more

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Employee status should be addressed in business sales

Determining the job status of employees should be high on the priority list for both parties to the sale of a business, Toronto employment lawyer  Matthew Wise ... Read more

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MacLeod Law redesigns website to better serve clients

MacLeod Law Firm has redesigned its website to better reflect its open and responsive approach to employees and employers, says its principal, Doug MacLeod . The Toronto ... Read more

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Seek legal advice before finalizing severance packages

Employees and employers should obtain legal advice before finalizing a severance package, Toronto employment lawyer  Kevin Marshall tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Seek advice before signing employment agreements

Employees who seek legal advice before signing a contract may be able to enhance their entitlements on termination, says Barrie employment lawyer  Scott Hawryliw , who ... Read more

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Mediation often best route for resolving workplace disputes

Proactive conflict management   is an efficient and effective method for resolving disputes within the workplace, says Toronto arbitrator and mediator Victoria Romero . ... Read more

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Mediation in employment matters gives parties agency

Mediation is one of the more effective tools in a modern-day litigator’s arsenal, Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low tells AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Filing a claim with the labour board

By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag In Ontario, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) governs the rules organizations must follow when they engage employees ... Read more

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Temporary layoff update: can an employee refuse a recall?

By Doug MacLeod Contrary to popular belief, a temporary layoff usually constitutes a wrongful dismissal which requires an employer to pay the laid-off employee ... Read more

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'Not business as usual' when workplace investigation ends: Williams

What follows after a workplace investigation is just as important as the inquiry itself, Markham-based employment lawyer  Laura Williams  tells  AdvocateDaily.com. ... Read more

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Termination clauses: Achkar

By Christopher Achkar In Ontario, the enforceability of a contract vis-à-vis a termination clause can be a great benefit or an unfortunate detriment for either ... Read more

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$300,000 awarded for aggravated and punitive damages

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge awarded a chief building official (CBO) $200K in punitive damages and $100K for aggravated damages. With the full knowledge of ... Read more

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Understanding the importance of workplace harassment policies

Employers need well-defined policies that are readily accessible to staff to prevent workplace harassment, Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker  tells ... Read more

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Data security and privacy too low on priority lists: Rudner

Advances in technology can be a double-edged sword for companies and their employees, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator  Stuart Rudner  tells  ... Read more

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Legislative changes heighten occupational health and safety issues

Health and safety are becoming more prominent concerns for employers, regardless of the types of workplaces they operate, Toronto employment lawyer  Doug MacLeod tells  ... Read more

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Clients grateful for tough-talking Ray-Ellis

Clients should expect a reality check and not the usual niceties when they hire Toronto employment lawyer Soma Ray-Ellis . Ray-Ellis, partner and chair of the employment and ... Read more

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Different challenges arise for those fired in union, non-union workplaces

Defending a terminated employee comes with different challenges when dealing with union and non-union workplaces, Vaughan labour and employment lawyer  Arthur Zeilikman ... Read more

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Circumstances of hiring can lead to long reasonable notice periods

By Laura Williams Employment relationships, like most relationships, typically start off with the best of intentions in both parties’ minds. Unfortunately, the ... Read more

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Provinces failing to recognize dependent contractors: MacDonald

The challenge of how to define employees and independent contractors is a significant public and national issue that requires resolution, Toronto employment lawyer  Natalie ... Read more

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