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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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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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