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Apr 29, 2014

By Mike MacLellan

Family Caregivers Bill-21 Passes Third and Final Reading in Ontario Legislature

Update:  Bill-21 received Royal Assent on April 29, 2014.  The amendments to the Employment Standards Act will take effect on October 2...

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Jan 23, 2014

2013 IN REVIEW – A Look Back at the Cases and Legislative Changes that Impacted your Workplace

2013 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 10, 2013

Proposed Bill 146 Significantly Impacts Employers

Bill 146, titled “Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013” was introduced and carried through first reading of the Ontario...

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Dec 5, 2013

Court prohibits “forum shopping” by terminated employee, dismisses wrongful dismissal claim

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”) provides a mechanism through which employees may file employment standards complaints wi...

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Nov 14, 2013

Bill 105, the Supporting Small Businesses Act, Passes Second Reading

Bill 105, or the Supporting Small Businesses Act, recently passed a second reading after debate in the Ontario Legislature. The purpose of Bil...

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Nov 7, 2013

OCA Upholds Restrictive Termination Clause for Senior Level Employee

Many employers who seek to limit their liability upon termination of an employee introduce termination clauses that strictly limit an employee&rsqu...

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Oct 24, 2013

MOL Inspection Blitz - Retail Employers Beware

The Government of Ontario is spending $3 Million to double the number of inspectors and double the number of businesses inspected to make sure work...

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Oct 17, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Employment Insurance Act: No Double Recovery for Having Twins

On June 27, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada refused to grant leave to appeal a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal which held that a couple ca...

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Sep 26, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

Family Caregivers Bill-21 Passes Second Reading in Ontario Legislature

On September 25, 2013, Bill-21 passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature.  The Bill, known as An Act to amend the Employment Standards ...

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Jul 4, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

Compliance with Temporary Layoff Provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000: Ontario Court May Signal a Shift in the Law of Constructive Dismissal

When an employer is facing tough financial times they may decide to implement temporary layoffs of some employees until the business can get back o...

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May 9, 2013

The Right to be Reinstated after Maternity/Parental Leave not Guaranteed Under the Canada Labour Code

In a previous post we advised provincial employers how to navigate return-to-work issues under the Employment Standards Act following maternity/par...

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May 2, 2013

New Occupational Health and Safety Act Initiatives

There are two important updates on Occupational Health and Safety for this year: 1)       Safety Blitz Schedule ...

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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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Apr 4, 2013

By Kelsey Orth

Written Notice of Termination for Employees off Work still Satisfies ESA Requirements

A recent decision of Arbitrator Randy Levinson found that the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) does not require an employer to pa...

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Mar 21, 2013

Minister of Labour Re-tables Leave Act

Three New Job-Related Leaves Expected to be Passed in Short Order On March 5, 2013, Bill 21: The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help...

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Jan 3, 2013

Ontario Court determines that plain meaning of Contractual Language is best indicator of Parties' Intentions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently confirmed that the plain meaning of language in employment contracts will likely be relied on by the...

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Dec 6, 2012

By Mike MacLellan

Rarely-Used Penalty Invoked to Land Company Director in Jail for Unpaid Wages

If the Ministry of Labour gives you an Order, you had better comply. That’s the message employers should be taking from the example of Steven...

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Aug 9, 2012

AODA Update: Ontario Government recently publishes Integrated Accessibility Standards Guidelines that will impact Ontario Workplaces

The Ontario Government has recently released its “Guide to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations” (“IAS”) in J...

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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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