Employment & Labour

Hehr apologizes, pledges to do better after new complaint from Calgary mom

OTTAWA — Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr admitted to sometimes being "brash'' and "inappropriate'' after a fresh complaint of disrespect surfaced — this one from a Calgary woman engaged in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government. Read more

Bill 148: new changes to workplace legislation

By Christopher Achkar . Employment and labour law change dynamically through case law and legislation, and recent reforms within Ontario have taken employers by storm. These changes entitle employees to higher levels of benefits than previously known. Read more

Nuanced right to refuse for provincially regulated workers

Provincial law takes a more nuanced approach than its federal counterpart when it comes to unsafe work conditions, Toronto employment lawyer Bram Lecker tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

ESA changes will mean higher costs for condo corporations

Condominium corporations should start factoring increased labour costs into their budgets as amendments to Ontario's Employment Standards Act come into effect in the new year, says Toronto labour and employment lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

New year, new AODA rules — is your business accessible?

By Mitchell Rose . January 1 , 2018 brings a brand new set of requirements for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). Read more

Smartphones in the workplace: right to disconnect

A French-style “right to disconnect” for workers is unlikely to make it onto Canadian statute books in the near future, says Toronto employment lawyer Kumail Karimjee. Read more

Faulty termination clause proves costly for employer

A recent appeal court decision shows how careful employers must be if they want their termination cases to be upheld by courts, Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Major changes to Ontario employment law – are you ready?

By Mitchell Rose . Last summer, many Ontario employers took a collective gasp (while many employees cheered) when the government announced that minimum wage would be increasing to $15 per hour by the end of the decade. Read more

The spouse’s role in employment mediation

The best place for a plaintiff’s spouse during employment mediation is at their partner’s side, Toronto employment mediator and arbitrator Barry B. Fisher tells AdvocateDaily. Read more

What to do after being fired or laid off

When you’re fired or laid off, never accept a severance package without getting legal advice, says Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner. Read more

Termination clause uncertainty requires mature set of principles

Although a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling resolved a narrow but important issue relating to termination clauses — by holding that a void/illegal termination clause cannot be saved by a general severability clause commonly found in contracts — it is also another example of a decision in an area of law fraught with uncertainty, Toronto employment lawyer Stephen Moreau writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

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