Employment & Labour

Low helps clients navigate changing employment law waters

Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low brings calm to clients amid the storm of legislative changes impacting her practice area. Read more

Human rights decision a potential game-changer for older workers, employers

A Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision on age discrimination could significantly boost employers’ labour costs if it is eventually decided by the Supreme Court of Canada, Toronto employment lawyer Jordan Rodney tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Police record checks – new law on background checks

By Stuart Rudner and Anique Dublin. On November 1, 2018, the process for conducting police record checks will change dramatically. On that date, the Police Record Checks Reform Act (the Act) comes into effect in Ontario, and it will impact how employers conduct police record checks and the types of information they can get. Read more

Confidentiality in mediation

Confidentiality means different things to different people, Toronto employment law mediators Barry B. Fisher and Peter Israel tell AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Fixed-fee services becoming more attractive to clients

Fixed-fee services provide a range of options that an employer would not necessarily get by hiring counsel on an hourly basis, and this can help prevent potential legal issues from becoming major problems, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Cannabis legalization: behind the smoke and mirrors

By Doug MacLeod . Whether you’ve been looking forward to October 17, 2018 or whether you’ve been dreading it, the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada is officially here. Read more

Cannabis and the workplace: what employers need to know

By Laura Williams . Recreational cannabis use is now legal across Canada. Many employers are concerned about the impact of legalization on the workplace and how they can navigate the new landscape. Fortunately, the legalization of cannabis is unlikely to result in the hassles, headaches and liability some employers are worried about, provided that employers carefully consider and communicate conduct expectations. Read more

Legal cannabis in the workplace manageable with proactive approach

With the historic legalization of cannabis for recreational use, organizations across Canada are still grappling with the potential workplace fallout, Markham, Ont.-based employment lawyer Laura Williams writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Three essential guidelines in wrongful dismissal cases

Fired employees need legal advice to get the most out of a potential wrongful dismissal claim, Barrie employment lawyer Scott Hawryliw tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Employee termination after a criminal conviction

A recent decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court underscores the fact that unless an employee’s off-duty conduct has direct implications on the workplace or the employer’s business, it does not constitute just cause for dismissal, says Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

Questions linger about the 'right to disconnect' from work

The federal government’s pending legislation to give employees the right to unplug from work-related email after hours sounds good in theory but may not be practical in some professions, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman. Read more

Summary judgment: fast tracking your wrongful dismissal lawsuit

By Bram Lecker and Kimberley Sebag. As the old saying goes, the wheels of justice turn slowly. This has never rung truer than it does right now. Ontario’s overtaxed court system provides cold comfort to people seeking timely and cost-effective settlements for their grievances. As a law firm that primarily represents employees, our clients often find themselves in court against Goliath-like employers with very deep pockets. Our plodded legal system puts them at a disadvantage because time is money for the legal profession. That is why, in 1985, we attempted to use an alternative court procedure, known as summary judgment, for a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. It ended up paving the way for fast-tracking employment lawsuits. Read more

Both sides seeing benefits is key to mediation: Rudner

Helping both parties see the benefits of mediation is integral to reaching a settlement, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Varied life experience informs Phillips' employment law practice

Despite her relatively short time in practice, Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips brings a lifetime’s worth of experience to her work. Read more

Cannabis-related human rights claims on the horizon

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Law Times it’s likely the courts will see more human rights challenges related to claims an employer failed to accommodate marijuana addiction issues or cannabis use disorder, which is a recognized disability. Read more