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Mar 29, 2016

By Kelsey Orth

Check Please! New Standardized Rules for Police Record Checks Across Ontario

For many employers, police record checks are part of the application process for new employees.  For those employers asking for a Criminal Rec...

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Mar 17, 2016

By Rob Boswell

Termination for Terminally Ill Employee: Frustration of Contract Prior to Death

An employee is diagnosed with a terminal illness.  He leaves work in May due to his illness, his employer sells its business in early Septembe...

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Mar 10, 2016

By Mike MacLellan

In the Spirit of Partnership: Human Rights Tribunal Extends Protection to Law Firm’s Equity Partner

The Supreme Court of Canada already decided that an equity partner of a law firm in British Columbia was not entitled to protection under that pr...

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Mar 3, 2016

Cumulative Breach of Ethics Upheld as Proper Dismissal for Cause

Asserting and establishing just cause when faced with an action of wrongful dismissal is a difficult and often unsuccessful avenue for employers. E...

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Feb 25, 2016

By Angela Wiggins

A Cautionary Tale of the Extent of the Duty to Accommodate when Employees Make Bad Work Neighbours

A recent case heard by the Public Service Labour Relations Board provided a reminder to employers that the duty to accommodate is not always sati...

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Feb 22, 2016

By Rob Boswell

Presumptive WSIB Entitlement for First Responders with PTSD

On February 18th, following the leads of Alberta and Manitoba, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 163 – Supporting Ontario’s Fir...

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Feb 18, 2016

Avoiding the Word “Severance” Doesn’t Mean You Didn’t Receive it

A recent decision from the Court of Appeal for BC has exhibited some rarely seen leniency towards employers when drafting termination agreements. T...

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Feb 11, 2016

By Susan Crawford

Is Your Organization Prepared for a Workplace Investigation? The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

There is perhaps no better time to be talking about workplace investigations as high profile cases of sexual harassment and poisoned work environme...

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Feb 5, 2016

By Kelsey Orth

When Is A Contractor Not A Contractor? The Answer Can Be Costly For Employers

In Ontario the issue of employment status is analyzed by different criteria depending on the particular legislative context: for example, there are...

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Jan 28, 2016

The ORPP: Wynne Promises 100 Years of Sustainability – Employers Brace for Century of Suffering

On August 13, 2015 we released a blog outlining the initial details of Premier Wynne’s plan to unveil the new Ontario Retirement Pension Pla...

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Jan 14, 2016

By Susan Crawford

Project Manager Gets 3.5 Year Prison Term for Workplace Negligence

  In the past we have reported on the Metron matter where, on December 24, 2009, six workers entered a faulty swing stage to repair balconies ...

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Jan 7, 2016

BE PREPARED, EMPLOYERS - THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY “OPEN PERIOD” IS COMING!

Termination and Raid Applications During the 2016 “Open Period” in the Construction Industry In Ontario many construction industry coll...

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Dec 10, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

Vancouver Church May Need Supplementary Collection Plates to Pay Damages to Wrongfully-Dismissed Pastor

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect: the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled that the Vancouver Chinese Baptist Church owe...

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Nov 26, 2015

That’s Just Too Much! B.C.’s Supreme Court Finds Human Rights Tribunal’s $75,000 Damage Award to be “Patently Unreasonable”

British Columbia’s Supreme Court recently overturned a damage award in one of the most noteworthy Human Rights decisions of 2014. In tha...

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Nov 18, 2015

By Angela Wiggins

Making the Right Choice: Should you be applying Federal or Provincial Law?

Employers know that there are labour and employment laws that they must apply when conducting business – understanding what set of laws shoul...

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Nov 11, 2015

“It’s Never Okay” – Ontario’s Legislative Crackdown on Sexual Violence and Harassment Passes First Reading

In March of this year the Ontario government published a 40 page Action Plan to combat sexual violence and harassment in both our workplaces and co...

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Nov 5, 2015

By Susan Crawford

Tis the Season to Get Sued – Employers Beware of Holiday Party Liability

Hosting a holiday party is a great way to thank your employees for their hard work and to celebrate your company’s successes in the last year...

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Oct 29, 2015

By Mike MacLellan

Court Just Says “No”: Employer did not Discriminate when it Terminated Employee Addicted to Cocaine

Recent case law has reflected changing attitudes toward and evolving understanding of drug dependence in the workplace.  For examples, drug de...

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Oct 22, 2015

By Kelsey Orth

Know When to Fold ‘Em: Court Calls Employer’s Bluff on Mitigation

Ever since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the now-famous (at least in employment circles) Evans v. Teamsters case, employers have had a new &l...

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