Employment & Labour

Summer jobs attestation violates Charter: Marshall

A requirement that organizations seeking funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program sign off on an attestation that says they support Charter and other rights, including reproductive and LGBTQ rights, actually violates the Charter, says Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall. Read more

Many exemptions for Bill 148's equal pay provisions

A new provision in Ontario’s labour laws that requires part-time, casual and temporary workers to receive the same rate of pay as full-time employees doing substantially the same job won’t have as great an impact as the recent hike in the minimum wage, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Frustration of contract claim best left for lawyers: Zeilikman

A person should always consult with counsel if their job is terminated because the employer claims their contract has been “frustrated,” says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman. Read more

Duty to accommodate – even when not requested

An employer’s duty to accommodate can even apply when an employee hasn’t asked for it, says Vancouver workplace occupational health and safety, and employment lawyer Melanie D. Booth. Read more

Insurer must defend nurse in "groundbreaking" privacy breach case

A "groundbreaking" appeal court decision confirming that an insurance company has a duty to defend a nurse facing a privacy breach lawsuit could have a major impact on a fast-developing area of litigation, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Once more on the enforceability of termination clauses

By Laura Williams . In early 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal once again ruled on the enforceability of termination clauses. Read more

ROE confusion may lead to Service Canada changes

OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman was confused when she opened the letter from Service Canada and found not a cheque for sickness benefits, but a request for repayment totalling almost $5,000. Read more

Pay equity: addressing the gender wage gap

By Bram Lecker. April 10, 2018, is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. It symbolizes the extra days women have to work into the new year to earn what men made the previous year. This date differs each year and by jurisdiction. Not surprisingly, the gender wage gap is a chronic problem across the globe. In Canada, statisticians have studied the problem from many angles and it ranges from 25 per cent to 30 per cent in favour of men. Pay equity disparity exists in both our public and private sectors. Read more

Rare EI case leads to call for service changes to avoid stress for claimants

An Ottawa woman was confused when she opened the letter from Service Canada and found not a cheque for sickness benefits, but a request for repayment totalling almost $5,000. Read more

Defining harassment in the #MeToo era

While the #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on issues surrounding workplace harassment, there can be a misunderstanding as to what constitutes this bad behaviour, says Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden. Read more

Tips for strengthening sexual harassment policies

Increased publicity around sexual harassment in the workplace has put added pressure on employers to ensure that due diligence is consistently applied when dealing with complaints and that their internal policies reflect that commitment, Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant Denise Koster writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Every employer should use non-solicitation covenants – here’s why

By Stuart Rudner . Is your business currently in a growth phase? Read more

Bill 177 brings new OHSA maximum fines

More than ever before, Ontario employers need to ensure that they don’t put their workers at risk by running afoul of health and safety legislation or they will be met with stiff new financial penalties, Toronto employment lawyer Miriam Anbar tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Payroll costs in Ontario are going up (again) on April 1

By Doug MacLeod . If you use a temporary help agency or hire casual or part-time employees then you should read this article. Because starting next month there is a change to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA) that could increase your payroll costs. Read more

Mitigating risk: the importance of workplace threat assessments

Canadian companies need to do much more to protect their employees from violence in the workplace, including conducting proactive threat assessments, Toronto workplace violence consultant Denise Koster tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more