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Aug 18, 2011

By Susan Crawford

An Employee’s Battle with Cancer and the Employment Insurance Act may have Set a Precedent for other Employees to Combine Sick Leave with Parental Leave or other Leave Benefits

The recent Umpire’s decision in Rougas v. Employment Insurance Act  (the “Act”) may have paved the way for employees who bec...

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Aug 11, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Ontario Superior Court Provides Employers with Important Reminders Regarding Just Cause – Employer Ordered to Pay $25,000 Despite Proving Common Law “Just Cause” for Termination

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision provides employers with some reminders regarding the dismissal of employees for cause. The deci...

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Aug 4, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Wrongful Dismissal Damages Not the Only Risk in Failing to Provide Reasonable Notice of Termination-200K Awarded for Failure to Continue Disability Coverage

Employers often make a calculated gamble when dismissing employees with notice by providing only the employee’s Employment Standards Act (&ld...

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Jul 28, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Summary Judgment Ruling Emphasizes the Importance of Employment Contracts

The decision of McNeely v. Herbal Magic Inc. once again confirms that well drafted employment agreements are effective in minimizing potential dama...

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Jul 21, 2011

By Susan Crawford

An employee on sick leave has provided a doctor's note saying "required to be off for 2 months". Can I ask for better medical information?

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 15, 2011

By Susan Crawford

WSIB Policies on Work Reintegration and NEER Become Effective July 15, 2011 and WSIB Announces 2012 Premium Rate Increase

After exhaustive stakeholder consultations, the final seven WSIB Work Reintegration and NEER policies will come into effect today. The thrust of th...

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Jul 14, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Substantial fines for failing to cooperate with inspection under OHSA

The Ministry of Labour released news of two recent convictions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). While the Ministr...

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Jul 7, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Ontario’s Top Court Provides Clarity Regarding Notice Periods – Unskilled Worker Receives 22 Months’ Notice

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision provides some useful guidance for employers when dismissing non-union employees without cause. The decisi...

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Jun 23, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Can I have existing employees sign written employment agreements?

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

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Jun 9, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Two Points from Ontario’s top court: 1) Short service does not mean short notice; and 2) Employment “ends” when active service ceases

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision provides a useful reminder to employers that short service does not necessarily mean short notice. In add...

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Jun 2, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Awards $25,000.00 in Damages for Loss of Dignity and over $100,000.00 in Lost Wages for Discriminatory Termination of Two Year Employee

In September 2005, the Humber Institute of Technology hired Ms DeAbreo into the position of Educational Manager for its Corporate Education Centre....

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May 19, 2011

By Susan Crawford

10 Tips for Preventing an Escalation of Violence During Workplace Meetings

Incidents of workplace violence can arise in the most unlikely of places, particularly when meetings take place to deliver unpleasant news.  T...

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May 3, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Court of Appeal Overturns Lower Court Decision in Mason v. Chem-Trend Limited Partnership – A Step Back For Enforceable Restrictive Covenants

In The Employers’ Edge Bulletin December 2010, we provided a summary of  the Ontario Superior Court decision in Mason v. Chem-...

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Apr 19, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Amendments to the Employment Standards Act via the Open for Business Act will be a refreshing change for Ontario Employers

Bill 68, the Open for Business Act, was passed October 25, 2010 and will come into force on a day to be named by royal proclamation. Schedule 9 of ...

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Apr 19, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Failure to Accommodate Parental Responsibilities Found to Breach the Canadian Human Rights Act

On September 29, 2010 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rendered three simultaneous decisions involving complaints of discrimination on the basis ...

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Apr 19, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision Signals Revival of Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts: Mason v. Chem-Trend Limited Partnership

As many employers are aware, restrictive covenants are difficult to enforce in Canada. This is the case because the courts view it to be contrary t...

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Apr 19, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision Awards Reinstatement to Employee who was Discouraged from Speaking Punjabi during Non-Working Hours

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) provides a useful reminder to employers that the Tribunal has the p...

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Apr 19, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Electronic Resources, Communications and an Employee’s Expectation of Privacy: What is Reasonable and How Much Can the Employer Control?

Employers provide their employees with all manner of tools to help them be productive and succeed.  Today, that can often include providing mo...

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Jan 15, 2010

By Susan Crawford

Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act Create Potential Liability for Employers

These days, it seems that just about everyone relies on a cell phone or PDA to keep them connected. However, with the recent passing of Bill 118 (t...

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