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Published on: 30 Sep 2015 By

The Berenstain Bears; Terminations for Cause; and Parallel Universes

Readers of certain age will recall the Berenstain Bears books – either you read them or they were read to you.  I’m often reminded of them when I read decisions where a judge or arbitrator says, in effect, “Little Bear, this is what you should not do!” An example can be found in the recent...

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Published on: 29 Sep 2015 By

Automobiles vs Recreational Off-Road Vehicles: Are You Covered by Insurance?

While riding off-road vehicles such as ATVs, dune buggies, and quads can be lots of fun, they can also lead to serious accidents and injuries.  It is important to know your insurance obligations and to know whether or not you are covered by insurance if an accident occurs while riding an off…

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Published on: 28 Sep 2015 By

Sobering Thoughts: Hosting Social Functions with Alcohol and How to Reduce Your Liability

(This is a repost of an article originally published in 2013) The days are getting shorter and the weather cooler.  Fall is clearly here.  For many employers, this means that plans for the office holiday party are in the works.  It also means that many employees will be consuming alcohol at …

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Published on: 24 Sep 2015 By

Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB”) increases demands on employers in construction sector Certification Applications

From the “are you kidding me??” file … When employers in the construction sector receive an Application for Certification by a Union, they have two business days to file a Response. You can imagine the whirlwind of activity this creates even if the Application comes to the attention of the r…

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Published on: 24 Sep 2015 By

How Will the Recent Changes to Ontario Accident Benefits Affect Your Rehabilitation

On September 1st, 2015 there were important changes to Ontario’s Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule. These changes significantly lowered the benefits available to Ontarians who are injured in a motor vehicle accident. This article looks at the changes and discusses how they impact accident…

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Published on: 22 Sep 2015 By

Still time to comment on drinking water changes

Safe Drinking Water Act: Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is still accepting public comments on proposed changes to Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards, and Testing and Reporting Requirements for drinking water systems and municipal licences. The proposed changes w…

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Published on: 21 Sep 2015 By

Court Awards Former Employee 27 Months’ Pay in Lieu of Notice of Termination

A recent judgement by an Ontario court serves as a reminder to employers of the importance of having employment contracts in place to limit the business’ financial exposure when terminating an employee. Employers are likely aware that they generally cannot terminate employment without cause …

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