Employment & Labour

Stuart Rudner's media roundup

Toronto-area employment lawyer Stuart Rudner is frequently called upon by the media to be a trusted source for their news stories, particularly for his focus on employment law matters for both employer and employee clients and mediation in all areas of employment law and labour-related disputes. Read more

Israel to share insights on employment law mediation

Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Peter Israel will share his insights on employment law mediation at the 19 th annual Employment Law Summit in Toronto. Read more

Stuart Rudner recognized as legal influencer in Canadian employment law by Lexology

Toronto lawyer Stuart Rudner has been recognized as a Legal Influencer in Canadian employment law in the first Lexology Awards, announced Oct. 3. Read more

Money blinds parties to the value of relationships

Large amounts of money can easily blind those involved in lawsuits to the cost to existing relationships, Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Legal gap closing between temporary and full-time workers

Recent legislation closes the legal gap between temporary and full-time employees, Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

AI no shortcut to diverse hiring

Artificial intelligence (AI) can't provide a quick fix to eliminating discrimination in hiring, Toronto employment lawyer Jordan Rodney tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Key points for employers about condonation

By Arthur Zeilikman . Employers do not have to provide notice of termination or pay in lieu thereof if there was “just cause” to terminate the employee. Just cause exists if the employee has committed a serious act of misconduct such as an act of insubordination or incompetence. Read more

Employment law update: mid-year report

By Doug MacLeod . In this blog, as we enter the dog days of summer, I will review five current trends and developments in Ontario’s employment laws. Read more

Dismissal for violation of attendance policy ruled not discriminatory

By Laura Williams . As most employers know, the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) prohibits employers from discriminating against any person with respect to their employment based on enumerated grounds such as race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and disability. In this case , a recent decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the HRTO or the Tribunal), the HRTO addressed whether it is discriminatory for an employer to dismiss an employee for failing to comply with reporting obligations under the employer’s attendance policy where the employee’s absences were caused by a disability. While this decision largely affirms the existing state of the law, it also demonstrates the value of maintaining prudent policies and clarifies the circumstance in which employers can rely on the breach of such policies to dismiss employees without it being discriminatory. Read more

Staying on LTD after termination can be evidence of frustration

By Barry B. Fisher . In this case , Pollak J. had a situation where a 10-year employee went on STD and then LTD in 2012. In 2014, the insurer found that the employee was permanently disabled from performing both his own and any occupation. One year later, the employer reviewed the file and concluded that the contract had become frustrated, terminated him and paid him his ESA minimums. Read more

Court of Appeal upholds $200,000 damage award in sexual assault case

By Kathryn Marshall . In this case , the Court of Appeal upheld a damage award of $200,000 (generals $175,000 and punitive damages of $25,000). Read more

Part-time employees must be paid at same rate as full-time workers

By Amelia Phillips . Formerly, the Employment Standards Act , 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (the ESA) did not require an employer to compensate a part-time, temporary, casual or contract employee the same as full-time employees doing substantially similar work. Bill 148, which introduced a number of significant updates to the ESA, has changed that. Read more

Temporary layoff law widely misunderstood

Many businesses and their employees have a poor understanding of Ontario’s temporary layoff laws, Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Employment law gives Marshall an outlet for advocacy passion

Long before entering the legal profession, Toronto employment lawyer Kathryn Marshall was passionate about advocacy. Read more

Best timing for mediation varies by case: Rudner

The best time for mediation in an employment dispute depends on the circumstances of the case, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com , who spends a significant portion of his practice acting as a mediator. Read more