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Published on: 30 Jul 2015 By

Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000

New ESA Poster Requirement The Ministry of Labour has released a new version (6.0) of its Employment Standards Poster, Employment Standards in Ontario. Posting The new version of the poster must be posted in each of an employer’s workplaces in a location where it is likely to come to the att…

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Published on: 28 Jul 2015 By

The Right to Physician-Assisted Suicide – Carter v. Canada, 2015 SCC 5

Introduction In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released this landmark decision holding that it violates Charter rights to deny access to physician-assisted suicide to a competent adult person, who clearly consents to the termination of their life in the face of a grievous and irr…

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Published on: 23 Jul 2015 By

Does “I Quit” Really Mean “I Quit”?

Caselaw has not always been clear on what constitutes a resignation by an employee. More often than not, it seems very difficult for an employer to establish a resignation where the employee changes his/her mind down the road. However, in Kerr v. Valley Volkswagen, 2014 NSSC 27 (CanLII), aff…

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Published on: 21 Jul 2015 By

New Decision from FSCO Addresses the Minor Injuries Guideline

On July 7, 2015, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario released a decision in Arruda v. Western Assurance,[1] providing some additional analysis of the Minor Injuries Guideline (“MIG”). The Applicant Ms. Arruda sustained soft tissue and psychological injuries in a motor vehicle accide…

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Published on: 17 Jul 2015 By

Absenteeism: When Is It Enough to Warrant Termination?

This issue was addressed in the recent arbitral decision of Humber River Hospital v. Teamsters, 2014 CanLII 50008 (ON LA), where the grievor was employed in the Dietary Department of the hospital and had been for fifteen years. The grievor had a persistent pattern of frequent and unexpected …

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