Category: Employment etc.

“30 tips for a reasonable workplace investigation”

Jeff Dutton (of Dutton Employment Law) has written a very useful article on First Reference (also found on the firm’s blog here): “30 tips for a reasonable workplace investigation“.

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“Mandatory HR Policies required by law in Ontario”

Monika B. Jensen Ph.D, principal of the Aviary Group, a specialist human resources firm, provides an excellent summary of mandatory, recommended and helpful policies that employers should have: … Mandatory HR policies required by law in Ontario. […] 1. General health and safety policy 2. Violence policy 3. Harassment policy 4. Domestic violence policy 5. […]

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New employment law changes

On October 23, 2018, the new Conservative Ontario government introduced Bill 47, the “Making Ontario Open for Business Act”, getting rid of parts of “Bill 148”, the former Liberal government’s “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017” Changes to Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act and the College of Trades legislation. This is a summary […]

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HRTO making bigger damage awards

From De Bousquet PC Barristers and Solicitors: “…there is an increasing willingness on the part of the HRTO to grant significant monetary awards to discriminated employees. However, it seems that an employer’s conduct must be of a particularly egregious nature to warrant such a significant award.”    

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What Is and Isn’t Required of Employers During Ontario Election

Michael Comartin of Ogletree Deakins provides us with this: “Ontario employers may want to be mindful of their obligations with respect to employee voting rights on Election Day. This means not only understanding what the law requires of employers but also what it does not require, as employees often have misconceptions about what their rights […]

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“Employee with 40-Year Discipline-Free Record Terminated for Cause “

Leah Schatz of MLT Aikins LLP brings an interesting Saskatchewan case to our attention: the upheld termination for cause of an employee with a 40-year zero-discipline record who piled up a number of serious misconduct violations at the end of her time there. Two key takeaways: Infractions meriting termination and refusal to correct conduct can […]

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Employers are responsible for contractors’ employee safety too

“Am I my brother’s keeper? Supreme Court of Canada confirms employers are responsible for the safety of their contractors’ employees as well as their own employees” Kristen Woo and Richard Press note the SCC decision in West Fraser Mills Ltd. v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal), 2018 SCC 22 which holds that an employer […]

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Top 9 workplace posting requirements every Ontario employer must know

Fred Stewart of First Reference provides a very helpful article: “The 9 top workplace posting requirements every Ontario employer must know – with the latest requirements”

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Employers: Watch out for HRTO double jeopardy

The double “financial” jeopardy of HRTO damages against the employer Kevin Sambrano points out the increasingly widely-ranging and increasingly savage awards being handed out by Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal.  

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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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