Category: Employment etc.

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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“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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“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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“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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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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Major Changes to Statutory Leaves of Absence Are Underway

Carl Cunningham, Talia Bregman and Tyler Henderson of Bennett Jones bring our attention some of the biggest implemented or pending changes to statutory absences in Ontario labour law.  Some of those key changes: Pregnancy leave goes from 35 to 61 (unpaid) weeks. Parental leave goes from 37 to 67 (unpaid) weeks. Family medical leave (to […]

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Human Rights Tribunals: wider employment jurisdiction w/o clear limits

The complainant and Mr. Schrenk were working on a construction project for different employers. The complainant alleged that Mr. Schrenk made three derogatory statements relating to the complainant while on the worksite, and later sent offensive emails for which he was terminated. The question before the Supreme Court of Canada was a jurisdictional one: did […]

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