Employment & Labour

Government reverses Bill 148 public holiday pay changes

By Laura Williams . On May 7, 2018, the Ontario government passed a new regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA) that will reverse the changes made to the calculation of public holiday pay that were recently enacted under Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 . Beginning July 1, 2018, the public holiday pay formula will revert back to the formula in effect before Bill 148. Read more

Employers should tread lightly with bullying allegations

Employers must proceed with caution when it comes to allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar . Read more

Will new law eliminate Ontario's gender wage gap?

A recent Conference Board of Canada report confirms what many working women have long known— there is a significant gender wage gap in the province, with women earning just 87 cents for every dollar made by men, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Howden to speak at Six-Minute Employment Lawyer event

Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden will share her insights on trends in employment law at the upcoming Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2018 event, hosted by the Law Society of Ontario. Read more

Toronto lawyer Doug MacLeod seeks seat in University-Rosedale

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod has never been a member of any political party — in fact, until he threw his hat into the ring for the June 7 Ontario election, he had never been to a political event. Read more

Eldercare accommodation requests on the rise

Employers should prepare themselves for a spike in accommodation requests from employees with elderly family members due to Canada’s aging population, Windsor employment lawyer Jessica Koper tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Wright retained to argue appeal for proposed Uber driver class action

The Uber driver who launched a proposed $400-million class action against the global ride-sharing app is appealing an Ontario judge’s decision to stay the lawsuit, says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Due process disappearing for the publicly shamed

Due process has become a thing of the past for people who are publicly shamed when allegations go viral, Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Webinar will help employers get up to speed on legalized marijuana

Employers will need help coming to grips with the implications of legalized marijuana, Toronto employment lawyer Miriam Anbar tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Employers should rethink no-reference policy: Rudner

There is no good reason for an employer to have a policy against providing references, and in fact, it will usually be in an organization’s best interests to help a former employee find a job, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

$75,000 human rights damages award should have been higher

The owner of a tattoo parlour is lucky he didn’t have to pay more than the $75,000 ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Sean O’Donnell. Read more

Province's holiday pay reversal good news for employers

Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden says her clients are pleasantly surprised by the provincial government’s reversal on the calculation of public holiday pay. Read more

Court sets out four elements to set aside a release

By Barry B. Fisher . In this matter , the judge had a case where a manager sought to set aside a release that she had signed upon being terminated with allegations of just cause. Had cause not existed, 18 months would have been proper notice. The settlement was for four months. Read more

Bill 3, the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 passes into law

By Laura Williams . Bill 3, the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (the Act), has completed the Ontario legislative process and will receive Royal Assent and become law imminently. The Act establishes requirements relating to the disclosure of information about the compensation of employees and prospective employees, many of which requirements will come into effect Jan. 1, 2019. The Act underwent only minor amendments during the legislative process to the version that was initially tabled, which we wrote about in detail in our blog earlier this year. Read more

Looking to revoke an employee’s work from home agreement?

By Stuart Rudner . As technology advances, many companies are open to giving their employees the flexibility to work from home. Read more