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Ryley educates employers on preventing sexual harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace can have a devastating impact on an organization’s brand and corporate reputation — as is apparent from the lawsuits, scandals ... Read more

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Fixed-fee legal services provide ‘peace of mind’ for clients

Clients can now pick and choose the labour and employment services they want in a new fixed-fee program offered by MacLeod Law Firm , Toronto employment lawyer Doug ... Read more

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Preparation and mediation go hand in hand: Rudner

Preparing the parties for mediation — and letting them know the possible outcomes — is the responsibility of counsel, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator ... Read more

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Employment contracts: ready, aim, fire at will

By Bram Lecker Employment contracts: does yours pass the Canadian “smell test”? Canadians and Americans may be culturally similar on some levels. However, in ... Read more

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Independent contractor assessments needed after Bill 148 changes

Businesses must reassess their relationships with independent contractors after recent changes to Ontario’s workplace laws, Toronto labour and employment lawyer  John ... Read more

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LSO's statement of principles more talk than action: Marshall

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) controversial statement of principles (SOP) could prove counterproductive, despite the good intentions behind its passage, Toronto ... Read more

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Use caution when attempting to cut labour costs

Employers attempting to reduce labour costs must ensure they’re not violating an employment contract or they risk venturing into precarious legal territory, says Toronto ... Read more

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Supreme Court of Canada takes expansive approach to discrimination

By Laura Williams The Ontario  Human Rights Code  protects people from discrimination in a variety of settings, including in employment. Under the ... Read more

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Class action fails due to arbitration clause

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge was faced with a motion by the defendants to stay a class action seeking to declare drivers as employees for the purposes of the ... Read more

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Income from second job can be mitigation

By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin It is trite to say that dismissed employees have a duty to mitigate their damages by seeking replacement employment. But what happens if ... Read more

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Taking sick leave

By Bram Lecker  and Simon Pelsmakher Most employees wear their attendance record like a badge of honour. It symbolizes their work ethic and loyalty to their employer. ... Read more

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Employee vs. contractor at heart of proposed class action

A proposed class-action lawsuit against a Toronto-based private high school could help clarify the employee/contractor debate, Toronto employment lawyer  Stephen Moreau ... Read more

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Companies must focus on eliminating all workplace abuse: Howden

People have an infinite capacity for ruining their own careers, and sometimes do so by inappropriate sexting — sending sexual messages, photos or videos via their ... Read more

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Making the most of your first meeting with a lawyer

When clients contact a lawyer for legal advice after they've lost their job, it's important to have certain documents and communications in order, says Vancouver ... Read more

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Employers fail to investigate at their own peril

By Stuart Rudner The #metoo movement should not change employers’ response to allegations of harassment: investigate before penalizing Although he would ... Read more

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Independent contractor misclassification can prove costly

A $20-million proposed class action brought against a private school by a number of its former sessional teachers highlights the importance of consulting an employment lawyer ... Read more

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WSIB changes slipping under employers' radar

Many employers are unaware of recent changes to Ontario’s workplace compensation laws pertaining to work-related mental health challenges, Markham, Ont.-based employment ... Read more

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Why you need to periodically review your employment contract

By Doug MacLeod A well-drafted  employment contract  is the best employment law investment an employer can make. It protects an employer from significant ... Read more

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OCA to decide if hospital’s insurer must defend nurse’s alleged breach

How insurers cover health practitioners in actions involving privacy breaches hinges on an Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) hearing slated for March, Toronto employment lawyer  ... Read more

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Steep learning curve for employers following passage of Bill 148

Organizations face a “steep learning curve” to get up to speed on their obligations under Bill 148, the  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 , Markham, ... Read more

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