Employment & Labour

The termination letter: Lecker

By Bram Lecker and Jordan Reiner . If you have just lost your job , do not sign the termination letter or release until an employment lawyer has vetted the documents properly for you. Any experienced lawyer will offer this solid advice because these documents are legally binding. Read more

Ontario’s new employer-friendly employment laws

By Doug MacLeod . Some recent changes in the law make Ontario’s employment laws more employer-friendly – especially for small businesses. This blog discusses five of these changes. Read more

Medical cannabis use at work – know the facts

When it comes to the use of medicinal cannabis at work, there’s still a great deal of misinformation concerning employee rights and employer obligations, says Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips. Read more

OCA confirms false allegations of cause can be costly

By Laura Williams . Ontario’s Court of Appeal has upheld the trial court decision in this case , which we initially blogged about here , sending a strong message to employers who make allegations of cause when dismissing their employees. The case involved an employee at an oil and petrochemical company who was dismissed by his employer and received a large compensatory award in a wrongful dismissal suit. Read more

Osgoode Law certificate course a hit with HR professionals

When Osgoode Professional Development saw the need for a certificate course to allow human resources specialists to develop a more thorough understanding of employment law, it approached Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner. Read more

Criminal case offers lessons on workplace privacy

A criminal decision by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) offers valuable guidance to both employers and employees about workplace privacy, Toronto labour and employment lawyer Christopher Achkar tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Slap across the face gets plaintiff $65,000

By Barry B. Fisher . In this case , the judge, in a motion for default judgment, had the following fact situation: The plaintiff, a 73-year-old female clerk with 19 years’ service, was verbally harassed by a male co-worker on a number of occasions. Twice she complained to her employer, who did zilch. Read more

It's essential to keep up with changes on labour front: Williams

“Seismic” changes in workplace law mean employers must stay informed to stay ahead, Markham-based employment lawyer Laura Williams tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

New changes to the Employment Standards Act: Bill 66

By Christopher Achkar . Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 has just received Royal Assent on April 3, 2019. Schedule 9 of Bill 66 addresses matters relating to employment law and amends the Employment Standards Act 2000 ( ESA ) to facilitate some aspects of running a business as well as to reduce the regulatory burden placed upon employers. Read more

Phillips to share insights on medical cannabis use and privacy at work

Toronto employment lawyer Amelia Phillips will host a webinar for employers and employees on medical cannabis use and privacy at work. Read more

Despite #MeToo, workplace sexual harassment persists: Ray-Ellis

Though the #MeToo movement raised awareness around sexual harassment and violence, women have gained little ground when it comes to these issues in the workplace, says Toronto employment lawyer Soma Ray-Ellis. Read more

Domestic abuse victims entitled to workplace leaves

Provincially regulated employers in Ontario must accommodate employees who request time off due to the domestic or sexual violence they are experiencing at home, Toronto employment lawyer Kathryn Marshall tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Bullying a fired worker comes with consequences: Pluto

Bullying a worker after they have been fired in an attempt to thwart a wrongful termination suit can be a costly mistake, Toronto civil litigator Maija Pluto tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Trust, integrity go a long way in work relationships

The ongoing SNC-Lavalin affair could have been stopped in its tracks with a swift and genuine apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Workplace bullying – steps for victims

In the first instalment of a two-part series on bullying at work, Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low outlines steps employees can take if they feel they are being victimized. Read more