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ONCA “reinforces deference to arbitration”

“The Court held that courts must defer to arbitral awards unless the applicant can meet the exacting standards to set aside an award contained in the Ontario [legislation].”  An international arbitration case, but one which follows the pattern of those done locally under the Arbitration Act. Thank you to F. Paul Morrison, Claire Seaborn and […]

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Employment Termination Doesn’t Terminate LTD Benefits Application Right

Sean Bawden of Kelly Santini LLP has an informative article up: “The takeaway for employers, especially those who `self-insure’ disability benefits, is to be mindful of exactly what you are insuring and for how long. Simply because an employee has left your employ does not necessarily mean that his or her ability to make application […]

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“Ontario to Revoke New Holiday Pay Calculation Rule”

“The Ontario government has announced that it will reverse a Bill 148 amendment on the calculation of public holiday pay. The Bill 148 amendment, which came into force on January 1, 2018, was highly criticized by employers as costly and confusing. For example, the Bill 148 calculation required the payment of a full day of […]

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Small Claims Court says that Bell can’t play shell game with price

“Customer takes Bell to court and wins, as judge agrees telecom giant can’t promise a price, then change it” “In a judgment issued last month in a Toronto small claims court, Deputy Judge William C. De Lucia said that Bell’s attempt to impose new terms after a verbal contract guaranteeing a monthly price for 24 […]

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“BC case shows how employers should NOT handle workplace harassment”

Workplace investigation alert: BC case shows how employers should NOT handle workplace harassment Rubin Tomlinson LLP feels that there are four key lessons from the case: 1. A good harassment policy is an employer’s best friend. 2. A harassment policy and program must address harassment from ALL sources. 3. Putting up with harassment cannot be […]

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Grounds for discipline isn’t necessarily grounds for firing, and checking your facts

Vey Willetts LLP, an Ottawa employment law firm, draws our attention to an interesting case where a supervisor arguably turned herself into an advocate for an employee the employer College didn’t want, rather than act as a supervisor and representative of the College: “Ontario court overturns just cause dismissal and awards over $97,000 in damages”. […]

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“The 2018 Federal Budget: What [Federally Regulated] Employers Should Know”

Kyle Lambert of McMillan, LLP provides a useful summary of “several notable employment law changes that will impact federally-regulated employers, including a proposal for new pay equity legislation and a plan for shared paid parental leave”. “The 2018 Federal Budget: What Employers Should Know.”

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“How NOT to work with your employment lawyer”

Nadia Zaman and Stuart Rudner of Rudner Law have an excellent article, “How NOT to work with your employment lawyer“. Best read in its entirety. How NOT to work with your employment lawyer

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Can your will be made to survive a future marriage?

The short answers are: if you are making a will in specific contemplation of a specific marriage, yes; if you are making a will which contemplates the possibility of some unknown future marriage, no. Section 16 of the Succession Law Reform Act R.S.O. 1990, c. S.26 mandates that any will made before marriage is revoked […]

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The OHSA may require you to meet more than the minimums

The OHSA may require you to meet more than the minimums

“It may not be possible for all risk to be eliminated from a workplace […] but it does not follow that employers need do only as little as is specifically prescribed in the regulations. There may be cases in which more is required – in which additional safety precautions tailored to fit the distinctive nature […]

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