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Background check reforms make employers' lives easier

A new law limiting what can be turned over in police background checks will make employers’ lives easier, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden tells ... Read more

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Frustration does not apply when employer refuses employee other jobs

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , Justice Conway, on appeal, had the following situation: [The respondent] worked for [the appellant] at its [casino] for 10 years, ... Read more

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Hawryliw brings business background to commercial litigation

Barrie commercial litigation and employment lawyer Scott Hawryliw wants to do law differently. Hawryliw founded SRH Litigation in 2018 after a number of years practising ... Read more

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New OCA decision on the enforceability of termination clauses

By Laura Williams The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released a new decision on the enforceability of termination clauses that sheds light on the proper interpretation ... Read more

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OSC awards $100K punitive, $25K moral damages to president

By Barry B. Fisher In this case , the judge awarded 19 months' notice to a 54-year-old president making $289,000/year with 11 years’ service. However, the ... Read more

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Worker misclassification comes at a price

In the final instalment of a three-part series on the differences between employee and contractor, Toronto litigator Stefan Rosenbaum discusses filing a claim with the Ministry ... Read more

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Is an employee entitled to their pre-leave job when they return?

By Stuart Rudner   Employers are often challenged with return-to-work cases. It can be difficult for employers to balance their right to a productive workplace with a ... Read more

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Employers infringe free expression at their peril

Employers should not concern themselves with the personal viewpoints of their workers, Toronto employment lawyer  Kevin Marshall tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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New personal emergency leave rules create headaches for employers

Employers are entitled to be confused about Ontario’s new personal emergency leave (PEL) rules, Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner tells ... Read more

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Unpaid internships create legal and PR risks for employers

Employers may be liable for Employment Standards Act (ESA) violations even if their summer interns agree to work for free, Toronto labour, employment and human rights ... Read more

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Ontario plans scrapping minimum wage hike for income tax credit

The election of Doug Ford as Ontario’s new premier will have a direct impact on a large number of employees, particularly those in lower-income brackets who rely on the ... Read more

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Five questions to ask when hiring employment lawyers in Ontario

By Christopher Achkar Selecting an employment lawyer can be a daunting task. There are quite a few out there these days but only a few with the know-how required to represent ... Read more

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Axing 'work from home' agreement significant change to job terms

In today’s work culture where alternative arrangements and flexible hours are becoming increasingly common, revoking an employee’s ability to work from home may be ... Read more

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Growing relationship between employment, LTD law

Recent case law around long-term disability (LTD) insurance highlights the growing intersection between employment and disability law principles, Barrie-area personal injury and ... Read more

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Legal review of severance package critical with termination

Employees given a termination letter should always seek legal advice before signing the document, whether or not they have an employment agreement with a termination clause, ... Read more

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Employers should review benefits plans after HRTO ruling: Rudner

Employers across Ontario should review their benefit plans in case they have to change them following a recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO) decision impacting workers age ... Read more

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Cannabis Act passes final hurdle, legalization date announced

By Laura Williams On June 18, 2018, the Senate passed a finalized version of Federal Bill C-45,  the Cannabis Act  (the Act). The Act will become law upon receiving ... Read more

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Award for moral damages without medical evidence good news for workers

A judge’s decision to award a fired executive moral damages without requiring medical evidence is a boost for employees, Toronto employment lawyer  Sean O’Donnell ... Read more

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SCC decision a victory for ‘zealous advocates’

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling clarifies the boundary between what constitutes incivility in a courtroom and strong legal advocacy, Toronto employment lawyer  ... Read more

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Reviewing a severance package: what to expect

By Doug MacLeod You have just been terminated. You have been given a week or so to accept a severance package but you don’t know if it is fair. That is where we come ... Read more

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