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Published on: 21 Aug 2015 By

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Awards over $150,000 to Former Employees That Suffered Sexual Discrimination

A recent ruling by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has set a new high-water mark for damages awards against employers. Employers that are found to have allowed their employees to suffer from sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, in the workplace face potentia…

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Published on: 21 Aug 2015 By

Minimum Wage increasing on October 1, 2015

Employers in Ontario should take note that effective October 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Ontario is increasing. The general minimum wage will increase from $11.00/hour to $11.25/hour. Student minimum wage will increase from $10.30/hour to $10.55/hour. Liquor servers’ minimum wage will incre…

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Published on: 11 Aug 2015 By

Boundary trees: sometimes good fences don’t make good neighbours

The issue of boundary trees—trees that straddle property lines—appears to be a growing, and increasingly confusing, legal concern for Toronto neighbours. Earlier this year, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was again asked to untangle a boundary tree-related dispute between two Toronto n…

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Published on: 6 Aug 2015 By

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: “There is such a thing as being too late”

In a passionate announcement on Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the United States’ plan for doing its part to combat climate change: the Clean Power Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan sets out to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from power stations, which comprise the single largest …

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Published on: 27 Jul 2015 By

Better tank standards for diesel, heating fuel and kerosene

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is proposing to update the safety requirements governing the storage, handling, and utilization of fuel oil, diesel and kerosene. Leaks and spills of petroleum products continue to be major sources of environmental contamination. Th…

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Published on: 23 Jul 2015 By

Does “I Quit” Really Mean “I Quit”?

Case law 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), th…

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