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Oct 15, 2015

By Angela Wiggins

Responding to Employee Complaints: the Requirements of Employer Investigations

In any workplace, it is possible, if not likely, that people will not always get along. When employee incidents happen and complaints are made, it ...

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Oct 8, 2015

AODA – New Deadlines are Fast Approaching, and so is a Compliance Audit

As most employers are already aware, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) was passed in 2005 and br...

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Oct 1, 2015

Here We Go Again: Employer Ordered to Pay $65,250 to Employee Who Did Not Work For Even One Day!

By now we all know that Courts are reluctant to enforce provisions in employment contracts that seek to limit the amount of termination notice prov...

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Sep 24, 2015

By Angela Wiggins

One Strike and You Could be Out: The Supreme Court Denies Leave to a Decision Upholding Termination for Cause Based on a Single Incident

Can an employer terminate an employee with just cause for a single incident which breaches the trust fundamental to an employment relationship? The...

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Sep 17, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

48 Hour Countdown: Responding to a Union's Application to Certify your Construction Company

Let's say you've just dispatched your crew for the morning and someone you've never met comes up to you, calls you by name, hands you a package and...

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Sep 10, 2015

By Kelsey Orth

Workplace Violence – The Risks Are Real, The Results Are Tragic

No doubt you heard, read or were emailed about the horrific incident of workplace violence that took place in Virginia just two weeks ago.  Tr...

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Sep 3, 2015

A Reckless Disregard for Safety is Cause for Termination

A recent Ontario arbitration decision has illustrated that a serious workplace safety incident can lead to termination. While the appropriateness o...

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Aug 27, 2015

By Angela Wiggins

If you don’t have anything nice to say – say it anyway, you’re protected by the Charter

As many employers may have experienced during labour unrest and collective bargaining negotiations, tensions between management and union represent...

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Aug 20, 2015

Ontario Government Elevates Violence Prevention for Health Care Worker

In Ontario more than 550,000 people work at hospitals, long-term care homes and other health care workplaces.  The Ontario government reports ...

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Aug 13, 2015

The Ontario Registered Pension Plan – An Employer, Employee, and Election Issue

The Ontario Liberal Government has begun to unveil new details of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (“ORPP”) – a plan that may ...

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Aug 6, 2015

Employers: Are Your Contractors Independent or Dependent? The Wrong Answer Could Cost You

One of the benefits to employers who hire independent contractors to assist in the workplace is that there is no obligation to provide reasonable n...

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Jul 30, 2015

By Kelsey Orth

You Can’t Always (Do) What You Want: Judge Finds Failure To Mitigate For Choosing New Career

Since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Evans v. Teamsters, much has been made about the issue of mitigation.  That decision, a positive on...

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Jul 23, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

Court Upholds Journalist’s Co$tly Breach of Confidentiality - Strike 2 for Jan Wong

In August of 2013 CCP wrote this article about Jan Wong, a long-time writer for the Globe and Mail, who was ordered to repay the money she received...

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Jul 16, 2015

By Angela Wiggins

Where Does All the Money Go? Bill C-377 Will Force Unions to Answer

Many workplaces today require employers and unions to work alongside each other to maintain positive labour relations. In 2012, approximately 31.5...

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Jul 10, 2015

Actually You Weren’t Fired! Court Rules Long-Term Employee Should Have Accepted New Role

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has reinforced an employer’s ability to re-organize work flow and adjust employee ...

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Jul 2, 2015

By Susan Crawford

I Owe What??? Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make When Dismissing Employees

Dismissing an employee is never an easy exercise for an employer and all too often employers dismiss employees without fully appreciating the oblig...

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Jun 29, 2015

Project Manager convicted of Criminal Negligence in Workplace Fatalities

On December 24, 2009, six workers entered a faulty swing stage to repair balconies on the 13th floor of an apartment building in Toronto.  Onl...

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Jun 25, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

Boneheaded Facebook Post Strikes Again! Arbitrator Refuses to Reinstate Unjustly Dismissed Union Member

Our readers probably already know that when a unionized employee is unjustly discharged from their employment, the presumptive remedy from an arbit...

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Jun 18, 2015

By Kelsey Orth

No Bonus for You! Judge Enforces Clear Language Disentitling Terminated Employee from Bonus Payout

In a case argued by Susan Crawford of CCPartners, Judge S.A.Q. Akhtar upheld the contractual provisions of an employment agreement that prohibited ...

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Jun 11, 2015

Keep Your Eyes on the Road! Termination for Distracted Driving Upheld

Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers. Statistics show that drivers engaged in text messaging are up to 23 times more lik...

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