Employment & Labour

N.S. appeal court 'vindicates' cardiologist

A recent finding from the highest court in Nova Scotia "completely vindicates" a Halifax cardiologist who successfully sued the former Capital District Health Authority after her hospital privileges were reduced, her counsel, Toronto lawyer Michael Wright, tells CBC News. Read more

Pre-litigation mediation an underappreciated tool

Early mediation can save parties the hassle and expense of a trip to court, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Kumail Karimjee tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Blind selection versus quotas to promote diversity

A proposed amendment that would require companies to set internal targets to increase under-represented groups on boards of directors raises a much bigger issue around how to promote diversity in the workplace, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Officer’s discipline could discourage other complaints

A Toronto Police Service decision to dock a female officer eight hours’ pay for being part of sexually explicit online group chats will discourage other officers from bringing similar harassment complaints, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more

Inquiry to probe systemic issues in care facilities

One of the most agonizing decisions people face is admitting a family member into a long-term care facility, Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant Denise Koster writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Due process vital for claims of workplace sexual harassment

The rapid-fire pace of social media posts around the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought changes around workplace sexual harassment, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Peter Israel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

New legislation will make it easier to organize unions

New legislation giving trade unions access to employee contact information will make it easier for them to organize bargaining units, says Vaughan labour and employment lawyer Arthur Zeilikman. Read more

OHSA penalties, chronic mental stress benefit transition provisions

By Laura Williams . On Dec. 14, 2017, Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 received Royal Assent and became law in Ontario. Bill 177 is omnibus legislation which, among other things, includes several changes relating to the enforcement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHSA ) and amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (the WSIA ) to include transition provisions for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits claims due to chronic mental stress. The Bill 177 changes to the OHSA came into force on Dec. 14, 2017, while the WSIA amendments come into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Read more

Koster has seen it all during three decades in workplace violence

Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant Denise Koster , has been gripped by the ongoing harassment and sex assault scandals spreading across the entertainment and political scenes on both sides of the border. Read more

Decisions on termination clauses inconsistent: MacLeod

Ontario courts need to provide more clarity when examining the language in termination clauses so employees and employers can get a better idea of what will be enforced and what won’t, Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Decision wrongly links punitive and moral damages to income

A record award in favour of a fired executive sends the wrong message about punitive and moral damages, Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. Fisher tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Budding office romances can create thorny issues for employers

Office romances may be more common and less taboo than in the past, but they pose multiple risks and the lines between personal and professional interaction need to be clear, Toronto employment lawyer Miriam Anbar tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

No bans necessary on office romances

Even in the #MeToo era, employers should steer clear of bans on office romance, Toronto employment lawyer a... Read more

To settle or not to settle: that is the question

Deciding when to settle and when to litigate hinges on a client's unique circumstances, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar. Read more

21 years at Company A + 1.7 years at Company B = 10 months’ notice

By Barry B. Fisher . In this case , the Master in Chambers had a situation where an employee of 21 years was recruited by a headhunter to join the defendant. The job requirement was that the person have at least 10 years experience in the field. He was let go by the defendant after only 19 months due to an economic downturn. Read more