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Published on: 12 Oct 2016 By

How Should Employers Address Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is front and centre in the news these days. That means your employees are thinking about it, talking about it, and maybe considering the merits of filing a complaint. While this might make for a stressful and potentially expensive time for employers, there are ways to limit…

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Published on: 11 Oct 2016 By

$12,000 Fine for Failing to Submit Records

A sole proprietor of a drinking water well company was fined $12,000 plus the twenty-five per cent victim fine surcharge by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The sole proprietor was convicted for maintaining four separate drinking water wells at two locations in the Peterbo…

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Published on: 6 Oct 2016 By

$900,000,000 Class Action launched against Ontario for flooding in Muskoka Lakes

Residents of Muskoka launched a $900,000,000 class action against the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (“MNRF”) on September 14, 2016. They allege damages related to “[MNRF’s] failure to adequately manage and lower the water levels of Lake Joseph, Lake Muskoka and Lake Rous…

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Published on: 28 Sep 2016 By

Failure to Notify brings $150,000 Fine Despite no Damage to Property

Two companies, Consbec Inc. and Bruman Construction Inc., were fined a collective total of $150,000 for failing to notify the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) of a fly-rock discharge. Bruman owns and operates an aggregate quarry located in North Bay.  Consbec was hire…

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Published on: 26 Sep 2016 By

Former counsel escapes damages award when new counsel fails to sue on time

In June, 2016, Justice Faieta of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded damages of $57,712.31 plus interest against legal counsel who failed to file a claim within the required limitation period. Missed deadline and time-management errors are the biggest cause of claims against lawyer…

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Published on: 15 Sep 2016 By

Ontario Minimum Wage Rates Increase October 1, 2016

Employers take note! The minimum wage for provincially-regulated employees in Ontario will increase again on October 1, 2016. The new rates will be: General Minimum Wage$11.40 / hourThis rate applies to most employees. Student Minimum Wage$10.70 / hourThis rate applies to students under the …

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