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Frustration of contract claim best left for lawyers: Zeilikman

A person should always consult with counsel if their job is terminated because the employer claims their contract has been “frustrated,” says Vaughan labour ... Read more

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Duty to accommodate – even when not requested

An employer’s duty to accommodate can even apply when an employee hasn’t asked for it, says Vancouver workplace occupational health and safety, and employment ... Read more

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Insurer must defend nurse in "groundbreaking" privacy breach case

A "groundbreaking" appeal court decision confirming that an insurance company has a duty to defend a nurse facing a privacy breach lawsuit could have a major ... Read more

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Once more on the enforceability of termination clauses

By Laura Williams In early 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal once again ruled on the enforceability of termination clauses. In  this case , an employer terminated an ... Read more

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ROE confusion may lead to Service Canada changes

OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman was confused when she opened the letter from Service Canada and found not a cheque for sickness benefits, but a request for repayment totalling ... Read more

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Pay equity: addressing the gender wage gap

By Bram Lecker April 10, 2018, is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. It symbolizes the extra days women have to work into the new year to earn what men made the previous year. This ... Read more

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Rare EI case leads to call for service changes to avoid stress for claimants

An Ottawa woman was confused when she opened the letter from Service Canada and found not a cheque for sickness benefits, but a request for repayment totalling almost $5,000. ... Read more

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Defining harassment in the #MeToo era

While the #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on issues surrounding workplace harassment, there can be a misunderstanding as to what constitutes this bad behaviour, says Toronto ... Read more

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Tips for strengthening sexual harassment policies

Increased publicity around sexual harassment in the workplace has put added pressure on employers to ensure that due diligence is consistently applied when dealing with complaints ... Read more

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Every employer should use non-solicitation covenants – here’s why

By Stuart Rudner Is your business currently in a growth phase? Perhaps you’re trying to create as much transferable value as possible so you can one day exit. Or ... Read more

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Bill 177 brings new OHSA maximum fines

More than ever before, Ontario employers need to ensure that they don’t put their workers at risk by running afoul of health and safety legislation or they will be met with ... Read more

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Payroll costs in Ontario are going up (again) on April 1

By Doug MacLeod If you use a temporary help agency or hire casual or part-time employees then you should read this article. Because starting next month there is a change ... Read more

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Mitigating risk: the importance of workplace threat assessments

Canadian companies need to do much more to protect their employees from violence in the workplace, including conducting proactive threat assessments, Toronto workplace violence ... Read more

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Control is key in contractor vs. employee debate

There are several differences between employees and contractors, but the key indicator is the control that a worker has over their workplace, says Toronto labour and employment ... Read more

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Government introduces Bill 3, The Pay Transparency Act, 2018

By Laura Williams On Mar. 20, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 3, the  Pay Transparency Act, 2018 , which establishes requirements relating to the ... Read more

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Overturned release undermines settlements

Litigants should face a high bar to set aside releases after a judge allowed a woman to sue her old boss for sexual harassment despite a previous settlement with her former ... Read more

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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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