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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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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: 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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Published on: 14 Sep 2015 By

Climate litigation: US youth sue the government for climate inaction

There is lots of climate-related legal action occurring in the US these days. A few weeks ago, for example, we blogged about the Clean Power Plan, Obama’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the US. Several lawsuits have already been filed (and at least one has already been d…

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