Employment & Labour

New employer-friendly legislation on the horizon

By Laura Williams. Since its election this summer, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has been busy reforming Ontario’s labour and employment laws to make them more employer-friendly as part of a campaign aimed at bringing business back to Ontario. The government first passed Bill 47, repealing many of the new entitlements introduced by the previous Liberal government, then stalled implementation of the province’s Pay Transparency Act. Read more

Ride-sharing class action back on track despite province bailing

The provincial government's decision to not take part in an appeal concerning a proposed $400-million class action against a leading ride-sharing service was an "abdication," says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright, who successfully argued the matter on behalf of a plaintiff driver. Read more

Use common sense to determine if you're being bullied at work

Employees should exercise common sense when assessing whether they have been bullied at work, Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Be wary when signing termination clauses: Lecker

Termination clauses are one of the most litigated sections of employment contracts and could make the whole agreement void if not written precisely, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

The Ontario Human Rights Code – a primer

By Christopher Achkar . The Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code ) is intricate legislation which, after being passed in 1962, has protected provincially-regulated employees from bullying, harassment, other employment law issues connected to discrimination and violations of the Code. Read more

Employment contract negotiations favour job seekers: Hawryliw

Historically low jobless rates and an extremely mobile workforce make for an attractive market for skilled employees considering a career change, Barrie employment lawyer Scott Hawryliw tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Jury duty and leave of absence

By Stuart Rudner . Like it or not, as a Canadian citizen, you are expected to serve jury duty when summoned by your jurisdiction’s courthouse. And as an employer, some of your staff may be absent for that reason. While this is your civic duty , there still exists some air of uncertainty about the subject matter when it comes to work leave for jury duty. Paid vs. unpaid leave, permitted vs. unpermitted leave – these are the most common questions that Canadian citizens face in their workplace when summoned for jury duty. Read more

Constructive dismissal: the basics

In the first instalment of a two-part series on constructive dismissal, Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell discusses the legal basics. Read more

Pay Transparency Act delayed indefinitely

By Laura Williams . On the heels of the major set of employment law changes introduced by Bill 47 , the Ontario government recently passed Bill 57, the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 , which stalls implementation of the Pay Transparency Act (the PTA) on an indefinite basis, among various other legislative changes. Read more

Theft motivated by addiction not necessarily a firing offence

Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau says a recent arbitration ruling provided a "significant win" for his client and sets in motion guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) on how to treat employees who are suffering from an addiction. Read more

How important are the deadlines in your severance package?

By Doug MacLeod . You are terminated from your job and your employer offers you a severance package. They give you one week to sign the offer and ask that you sign a full and final release confirming that there will be no further payments. Are you obligated to sign and return the offer within a week? Read more

Importance of community service emphasized at Rudner Law

Community service is a crucial part of Rudner Law's identity, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Low helps employers sort out confusion around Bill 47

Bill 47 — Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 — is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2019, and Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low says there are many moving pieces in the legislation that can trip up employers. Read more

Employment legislation switch leaves lawyers, HR consultants scrambling

Employment law in Ontario has become more politicized than ever following the passage of recent legislation, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Tips for managing your online reputation

Negative comments or social media posts can have a significant impact on a person’s career path, and understanding how to protect yourself is critical, Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more