Employment & Labour

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

Government introduces Bill 3, The Pay Transparency Act, 2018

By Laura Williams . On Mar. 20, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 3, the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 , which establishes requirements relating to the disclosure of information about the compensation of employees and prospective employees. Bill 3 was previously introduced on Mar. 6, 2018, as Bill 203, but it was lost along with all other bills pending before the legislature when, on Mar. 15, 2018, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on the Premier’s advice, prorogued the legislature. Bill 3 was then reintroduced when the legislative session resumed this week. Read more

Overturned release undermines settlements

Litigants should face a high bar to set aside releases after a judge allowed a woman to sue her old boss for sexual harassment despite a previous settlement with her former employer, Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. Fisher tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Fixed-fee legal services provide ‘peace of mind’ for clients

Clients can now pick and choose the labour and employment services they want in a new fixed-fee program offered by MacLeod Law Firm , Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Preparation and mediation go hand in hand: Rudner

Preparing the parties for mediation — and letting them know the possible outcomes — is the responsibility of counsel, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Employment contracts: ready, aim, fire at will

By Bram Lecker . Employment contracts: does yours pass the Canadian “smell test”? Read more