Employment & Labour

New personal emergency leave rules create headaches for employers

Employers are entitled to be confused about Ontario’s new personal emergency leave (PEL) rules, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Unpaid internships create legal and PR risks for employers

Employers may be liable for Employment Standards Act (ESA) violations even if their summer interns agree to work for free, Toronto labour, employment and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar tells AdvocateDaily.com Read more

Five questions to ask when hiring employment lawyers in Ontario

By Christopher Achkar . Selecting an employment lawyer can be a daunting task. There are quite a few out there these days but only a few with the know-how required to represent your interests in an effective manner. Read more

Axing 'work from home' agreement significant change to job terms

In today’s work culture where alternative arrangements and flexible hours are becoming increasingly common, revoking an employee’s ability to work from home may be considered a constructive dismissal, says Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Kumail Karimjee . Read more

Growing relationship between employment, LTD law

Recent case law around long-term disability (LTD) insurance highlights the growing intersection between employment and disability law principles, Barrie-area personal injury and employment lawyer Steve Rastin tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Employers should review benefits plans after HRTO ruling: Rudner

Employers across Ontario should review their benefit plans in case they have to change them following a recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO) decision impacting workers age 65 and older, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Cannabis Act passes final hurdle, legalization date announced

By Laura Williams . On June 18, 2018, the Senate passed a finalized version of Federal Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the Act). The Act will become law upon receiving royal assent, which is expected to occur this week. In a press conference on June 20, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Act will come into force on Oct. 17, 2018, four months after the Bill was passed. Although the federal government had previously announced that the Bill would come into effect much sooner after it became law, Prime Minister Trudeau explained that the delay was in response to a request from certain provinces for more time to prepare for legalization. Read more

Award for moral damages without medical evidence good news for workers

A judge’s decision to award a fired executive moral damages without requiring medical evidence is a boost for employees, Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

SCC decision a victory for ‘zealous advocates’

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling clarifies the boundary between what constitutes incivility in a courtroom and strong legal advocacy, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Reviewing a severance package: what to expect

By Doug MacLeod . You have just been terminated. You have been given a week or so to accept a severance package but you don’t know if it is fair. That is where we come in. Read more

Fired while ill?

By Bram Lecker and Simon Pelsmakher. For most of us, a secure job is one of the most important pillars in our life. It is a mainstay to financial security. Our employment laws are written with a general understanding that employers proceed with utmost caution when they fire an employee. While your employer can fire you for whatever reason they deem fit, the reason cannot be discriminatory. Disability is one such area of discrimination. Experienced employment lawyers have seen too many cases that go beyond the limits of decency, particularly in the case of individuals who are fired while ill and receiving short-term disability (STD) or long-term disability (LTD) benefits. Read more

Bill 174 (the Cannabis Act) — marijuana at the workplace

By Christopher Achkar . The topic of marijuana at the workplace is of particular importance nowadays. Read more

Court orders wide financial disclosure in dismissal case

By Barry B. Fisher . In this case , the master had a situation where the dispute centred around the basis for how the employer could alter the plaintiff’s commission plan. Read more

Tort of harassment a new arrow in terminated employee's quiver

The tort of harassment is just the latest in a variety of avenues that courts have given employees to claim against their former employers, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Flexibility key to good mediation

Choosing the right mediator enhances the chance of settlement for both sides of a dispute, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more