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Bill 148: new changes to workplace legislation

By Christopher Achkar Employment and labour law change dynamically through case law and legislation, and recent reforms within Ontario have taken employers by storm. These ... Read more

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Nuanced right to refuse for provincially regulated workers

Provincial law takes a more nuanced approach than its federal counterpart when it comes to unsafe work conditions, Toronto employment lawyer  Bram Lecker tells  ... Read more

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ESA changes will mean higher costs for condo corporations

Condominium corporations should start factoring increased labour costs into their budgets as amendments to Ontario's Employment Standards Act come into effect in the new year, ... Read more

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New year, new AODA rules — is your business accessible?

By Mitchell Rose January 1 ,  2018 brings a brand new set of requirements for the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005  (AODA). If you ... Read more

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Smartphones in the workplace: right to disconnect

A French-style “right to disconnect” for workers is unlikely to make it onto Canadian statute books in the near future, says Toronto employment lawyer  Kumail ... Read more

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Faulty termination clause proves costly for employer

A recent appeal court decision shows how careful employers must be if they want their termination cases to be upheld by courts, Toronto employment lawyer  Kevin Marshall ... Read more

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Major changes to Ontario employment law – are you ready?

By Mitchell Rose Last summer, many Ontario employers took a collective gasp (while many employees cheered) when the government announced that minimum wage would be increasing ... Read more

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The spouse’s role in employment mediation

The best place for a plaintiff’s spouse during employment mediation is at their partner’s side, Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. Fisher tells ... Read more

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What to do after being fired or laid off

When you’re fired or laid off, never accept a severance package without getting legal advice, says Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator  Stuart Rudner . ... Read more

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Termination clause uncertainty requires mature set of principles

Although  a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling  resolved a narrow but important issue relating to termination clauses — by holding that a void/illegal ... Read more

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Workplace investigations: tips for employers and employees

Canadian employers have faced a significant increase in workplace harassment claims since the  Ontario Health and Safety Act  (OHSA) was amended last fall, says Toronto ... Read more

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Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, passes

By Laura Williams Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 has completed the Ontario legislative process and will receive Royal Assent and become law ... Read more

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Off-duty conduct can lead to discipline, dismissal

While having to discipline employees for their off-duty conduct might seem like a novel issue, employers have long had to deal with the ill-advised actions of workers outside ... Read more

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Disability benefits cut off?

By Bram Lecker and Ian Hurley Disability benefits cut off by your insurer? People receiving long-term disability benefits have enough to worry about. The last thing they ... Read more

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Expansion of human rights protection timely: Howden

Although in the early stages, there is merit to a private member’s bill designed to expand Human Rights Code protection for Ontarians, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah ... Read more

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Hollywood scandal reverberations felt in Canadian workplaces

Hollywood’s ongoing harassment and sex assault scandals have caused reverberations in workplaces north of the border, Toronto employment lawyer  Miriam Anbar ... Read more

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Knowledge crucial when resigning, investigating misconduct

In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner discussed a few factors employees should keep in mind before giving ... Read more

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Feds tout expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit as questions remain

OTTAWA — New parents planning to begin parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over more months, but many will have to wait on ... Read more

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Longer period for parental leave benefits, but not everyone qualifies

OTTAWA — New parents planning to begin parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over more months, but many will have to wait on ... Read more

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Gen-Xers bearing the brunt of downsizing

Toronto civil litigator lawyer  Kevin Fisher says he would like to see an age discrimination claim mounted by one of the growing band of successful employees fired without ... Read more

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