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Apr 18, 2013

By Susan Crawford

Why Every Employer Should Use Employment Agreements

As trusted advisors to employers, we are often called upon when a non-union employee is about to be dismissed without cause to give advice on what ...

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Feb 28, 2013

By Susan Crawford

Serious Safety Violation Not Enough to Justify Just Cause Dismissal Says Ontario Court of Appeal

Mr. Plester, a supervisor with 17 years’ service at PolyOne Canada Inc., committed a serious safety infraction by not locking out a machine h...

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Nov 8, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Court Upholds Dismissal of Long Service Employee who Falsified Health Care Benefit Claims

The recent decision in Mykki Cavic v. Costco Wholesale Canada Limited confirms that serious breaches of trust, despite long service, will justify t...

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Oct 25, 2012

By Susan Crawford

We have a workplace harassment complaint against a supervisor. What do we do now?

While no two employers are alike, there are common workplace issues that arise for which the CCP team provides strategic legal advice. We have comp...

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Jul 5, 2012

By Susan Crawford

“Gender Identity” and “Gender Expression” now Protected Grounds under Ontario Human Rights Code

In a significant and historic move, on June 13, 2012, the Ontario Legislature passed amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code that would extend ...

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Jul 4, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP Welcomes Rob Boswell to the Firm in Counsel Role

The CCP team is thrilled to announce that Rob Boswell has joined the firm in a counsel role. Rob has been an invaluable resource to the firm over...

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May 17, 2012

By Susan Crawford

The Value of “Refreshing” Employment Contracts Throughout the Employment Relationship

Most employers are well aware of the importance and value of employment contracts, particularly for the purpose of limiting the obligation to provi...

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Apr 12, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Mandatory WSIB Coverage for Independent Operators in Construction Industry

In 2008 the Ontario government introduced legislation (Bill 119, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2008) that would require all indepen...

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Mar 29, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Hiring a Former Employee? Beware of the “Prior Service” Baggage

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia considered how to treat a break in an employee's service when determining entitlement to...

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Feb 23, 2012

By Susan Crawford

One Serious Incident of Dishonesty Justifies Summary Dismissal of Long-term Employee

A British Columbia arbitration board has held that an employee’s dishonesty during a workplace investigation into the employee’s conduc...

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Feb 9, 2012

By Susan Crawford

Employees Cannot Quit in the Face of Inadequate Working Notice says BC Court of Appeal

In the absence of legal just cause for dismissal, or a written employment agreement with a specific termination provision, implied in every contrac...

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Jan 19, 2012

By Susan Crawford

2011 In Review – A Look Back at the Cases and Legislative Changes that Impacted Your Workplace

2011 saw a number of important decisions and legislative changes in the area of labour and employment law.    Over the course of the...

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Dec 15, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Minister of Labour Introduces Job-Protected Family Caregiver Leave

On December 8, 2011 the Minister of Labour introduced legislation that, if passed, will grant employees in Ontario with up to eight (8) weeks of un...

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Dec 1, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Investigation Reports Prepared by Lawyer Retained to Investigate Workplace Issues Alone do not Attract Solicitor Client Privilege

Unlike other professional relationships, communications between a solicitor and client made for the purpose of providing legal advice or to assist ...

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Oct 27, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Ontario Labour Relations Board Lacks Jurisdiction to Enforce Compliance with Anti-Harassment Policies Implemented Pursuant to Bill 168

The recent decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) in Re. Investia Financial Services Inc. defines the scope of th...

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Oct 20, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Single Incident of Workplace Misconduct Can be Just Cause for Dismissal

A progressive discipline approach is a common practice used by employers to correct negative behaviour. It is a system where disciplinary penalties...

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Oct 13, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Ministry of Labour October Enforcement Blitz for Personal Protective Equipment in the Health Care and Industrial Sectors

The Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) announced earlier this week that it will conduct an enforcement blitz focusing on personal protective eq...

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Sep 8, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Arbitrator Upholds Just Cause Dismissal for Uttering a Death Threat in the Post-Bill 168 Workplace

As most employers know, Bill 168 amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act to include significant safeguards against violence in the workplace...

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Sep 2, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Liberal Government Proposes New Family Caregiver Leave

As part of the Liberal election platform, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act th...

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Sep 1, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Some of the Most Unusual Workplace Stories We’ve Heard Over the Years

As another summer draws to a close we thought a lighter approach to our weekly blog was in order.   Over the years we have often heard cl...

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