Labour & Employment Blog

International Women’s Day

Written by on March 08, 2017.

Are you experiencing an abnormally high level of absenteeism among female employees today?  If so, here’s a great article featuring advice from some of our most respected employment law colleagues:

Potential Changes to Employment Legislation May Mean Increased Liability for Franchisors

Written by on February 28, 2017.

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review’s final report is expected to be delivered in the next few weeks and, if some of the ideas contained in its interim report become law, franchisors may find themselves liable as employers of their franchisees’ employees, regardless of the franchisor’s actual level of control over the workplace. The Review began as a Government of Ontario initiative in early 2015, with the Review’s terms of reference directing two Special Advisors to provide recomm...

Former Employee Successfully Sued for Defamation for Facebook Posts

Written by on February 24, 2017.

In recent years, careless, or let’s say, less than sensible comments on social media have gotten countless employees in trouble with their boss. Employees who have used Facebook as a forum for posting threatening language and vile insults about a supervisor or offensive accusations about the company they work for have quickly been shown the door; and arbitrators and labour boards are often prepared to uphold these dismissals.[1] A new decision from the Court of Quebec[2], however, confirms ...

Unionized Ontario Employers Face Double Jeopardy in Human Rights Cases

Written by on February 09, 2017.

Unionized employers regularly deal with employees alleging breaches of their human rights. These allegations can be the subject of the grievance process or an application to the province’s forum for hearings into human rights cases. In Ontario, the forum is the Human Rights Tribunal; in Manitoba, it is the Human Rights Commission. You’ll see that I underlined the word “or” in the last paragraph. It seems reasonable that an employer should only be required to answer these allegations i...

Unproven Complaints Against Employers Could Soon be Released to the Public

Written by on February 07, 2017.

The Toronto Star has recently started a legal challenge that, if successful, may result in human rights, occupational health and safety, and other complaints made against employers being made public, despite the fact that those allegations are unproven. Most hearings today are not handled by the courts but are instead administered by a collection of boards and tribunals established by the province of Ontario. These agencies were created in order to reduce the number of cases heard by the cour...