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Published on: 14 Oct 2015 By

Ontario Labour Relations Board Finds that Employee Fired for Sleeping on the Job is Still Entitled to Termination Pay

Many employers are aware that they can terminate an individual’s employment without notice where there is “cause” (generally acts that fundamentally undermine the employment relationship such as theft, violence in the workplace, etc.). However, employers may not be aware that Ontario’s emplo…

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Published on: 9 Oct 2015 By

Time Off to Vote for Federal Election – October 19, 2015

The Federal election is fast approaching. There are a number of ways for employees to vote, including: In person on Election Day – October 19, 2015 from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm in Ontario. In person on the advance voting days – October 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2015 from noon to 8 pm. In person...

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Published on: 8 Oct 2015 By

Disclosure requirements bring challenges for franchisors

The greatest disadvantages facing franchisors in Canada include the costs, complexities and risks associated with franchise disclosure, including possible personal liability for the signatories of the franchise disclosure document, franchise lawyer Peter Dillon tells Corporate LiveWire’s Fra…

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Published on: 6 Oct 2015 By

Wild horses can't keep wind energy away: new twist on anti-wind litigation

In Clarington Wind Concerns v Ontario (Director, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change), 205 CanLII 51503 (ON ERT), the Environmental Review Tribunal (“ERT”) has dismissed the latest twists in anti-wind litigation. This time, wind opponents raised concerns about spooked …

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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 case...

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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 an …

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