Employment & Labour

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

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