Employment & Labour

Workplace investigations: tips for employers and employees

Canadian employers have faced a significant increase in workplace harassment claims since the Ontario Health and Safety Act (OHSA) was amended last fall, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, passes

By Laura Williams . Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 has completed the Ontario legislative process and will receive Royal Assent and become law imminently. As we have written in the Fall 2017 edition of our newsletter, In the Know , Bill 148 will primarily amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the LRA). On Nov. 16, 2017, shortly before passing the Bill, the legislature made a number of significant changes to Bill 148, including adding an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHSA). Read more

Off-duty conduct can lead to discipline, dismissal

While having to discipline employees for their off-duty conduct might seem like a novel issue, employers have long had to deal with the ill-advised actions of workers outside of business hours, Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner and Brittany Taylor write in HR Professional . Read more

Disability benefits cut off?

By Bram Lecker and Ian Hurley. Disability benefits cut off by your insurer? Read more

Expansion of human rights protection timely: Howden

Although in the early stages, there is merit to a private member’s bill designed to expand Human Rights Code protection for Ontarians, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Hollywood scandal reverberations felt in Canadian workplaces

Hollywood’s ongoing harassment and sex assault scandals have caused reverberations in workplaces north of the border, Toronto employment lawyer Miriam Anbar tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Knowledge crucial when resigning, investigating misconduct

In recent posts on his Canadian HR law blog, Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner discussed a few factors employees should keep in mind before giving notice and why an individual's response, when confronted with allegations of misconduct, will be critical in determining whether they will be given another chance. Read more

Feds tout expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit as questions remain

OTTAWA — New parents planning to begin parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over more months, but many will have to wait on provinces and their employers before they can actually get the extra time off. Read more

Longer period for parental leave benefits, but not everyone qualifies

OTTAWA — New parents planning to begin parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over more months, but many will have to wait on provinces and their employers before they can actually get the extra time off. Read more

Gen-Xers bearing the brunt of downsizing

Toronto civil litigator lawyer Kevin Fisher says he would like to see an age discrimination claim mounted by one of the growing band of successful employees fired without cause in their 40s and 50s. Read more

Social media rules for workplaces

By Bram Lecker . What are social media rules for workplaces? Read more

When does a compliment constitute sexual harassment?

By Doug MacLeod . Despite a number of legislative initiatives that are intended to reduce and ultimately eliminate sexual harassment in society, sexual harassment continues to be a problem in Ontario’s workplaces. Read more

Are employers responsible for harassment by employees, managers?

By Laura Williams . Over the last year, much attention has been paid to the September 2016 Bill 132 amendments to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (the OHSA ) and the obligations they place on employers with regards to workplace harassment. In a recent decision , an arbitrator ruled that the OHSA does not make employers accountable to compensate employees for workplace harassment perpetrated by managers or other employees. The arbitrator considered the OHSA ’s application because the OHSA is deemed to be incorporated by reference into every collective agreement in Ontario. Read more

Recent court decisions give employees more ammo

Two recent court decisions have given employees more tools to fight their employer when they have been denied a promised raise or promotion, says Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker. Read more