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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 8, 2011

What You Need to Know Before You Host Your Company Party

Hosting a holiday party for your employees is a great way to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. However, before you decide to make...

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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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Nov 24, 2011

Recent Court Decisions Explore When it is Appropriate to Bring a Summary Judgment Motion in a Wrongful Dismissal Action

The decisions of Rutherford v. RBC Dominion Securities Inc., and Adjemian v. Brook Crompton North America highlight when it is appropriate to bring...

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Nov 17, 2011

Is your Workplace Ready for AODA?

On June 13, 2005, the Ontario government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”).  The main goal of ...

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Nov 10, 2011

By Kelsey Orth

Facebook Firings

At our recent CCP Labour and Employment Law Forum, the use of social media in the workplace was a real hot-button issue.  Indeed, with the per...

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Nov 3, 2011

By Jayson Rider

Courts to Human Rights Tribunals - Keep Your Feet off our Turf!

In two very recent decisions, Courts in Canada have confirmed that Human Rights Tribunals do not have exclusive domain over the interpretation of h...

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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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Oct 6, 2011

Employee Still Obligated to Mitigate Damages Even Where There is a Contractual Notice Period

Bowes v. Goss Power Products confirms that a written employment agreement with a defined notice period does not relieve a dismissed employee of the...

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Sep 29, 2011

By Kelsey Orth

Tax Court Recently Tackles the Employee vs. Independent Contractor Question

For employers across all industries, the question of whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor can have significant consequences....

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Sep 22, 2011

Provincial Election on the Horizon: Employer Obligations

With the next provincial election looming on the horizon on October 6, 2011, we are writing to remind employers of their obligations under the Onta...

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Sep 15, 2011

By Kelsey Orth

Early Dismissal of Case at Labour Board Saves Client Time and Money

In a joint effort by two of CCP’s senior associates, CCP recently had a case against one of its clients dismissed by the Ontario Labour Relat...

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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 25, 2011

Random Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Irving Pulp & Paper, Limited v. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 is the latest decision in a long line of case...

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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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