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Published on: 8 Aug 2014 By

Failing to Address Workplace Health and Safety Concerns Can be Costly for Employers

Ensuring workplace health and safety is always an important priority for employers, and is even more so now that Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) places obligations on employers with respect to workplace violence and harassment. As a recent case demonstrates, employe…

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Published on: 5 Aug 2014 By

Minister receptive to Commissioner's climate report

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner issued his annual Climate Change report last month, as usual scolding the provincial government for its inaction on both mitigation and adaptation. But this year, the report got an unusual reception: the new Minister of the Environment and Climate C…

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Published on: 30 Jul 2014 By

Environmental consultant’s negligence claim to proceed

Environmental consultant’s negligence claims for failing to clean up contaminated sites continue to multiply. The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed a professional negligence lawsuit to go ahead against an Ontario environmental consultant, XCG, despite a long delay, which,  accord…

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Published on: 30 Jul 2014 By

For Federally-Regulated Employers, Providing Termination and Severance Pay May Limit Liability for “Unjust Dismissal” Under the Canada Labour Code

Ending an employment relationship can be fraught with legal risk for employers. Ending an employment relationship can be fraught with legal risk for employers; this has been especially true for federally-regulated employers subject to the Canada Labour Code, R.S.C., 1985, c. L-2 (the “Code”)…

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Published on: 25 Jul 2014 By

Siskinds partner Peter Dillon on BNN’s Business Day PM

Siskinds partner Peter Dillon featured on BNN’s Business Day PM and Advocatedaily.com. Peter discussed the dos and don’ts of modern-day multi-level marketing with BNN’s Business Day PM, and Advocatedaily.com provided a recap of that appearance. See the recap on Advocatedail…

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Published on: 23 Jul 2014 By

Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries

Ontario’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has intervened decisively to stop Waste Diversion Ontario from approving now two controversial proposed Industry Stewardship Plans: one from Call2Recycle for used batteries, and one from Product Care Association…

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Published on: 23 Jul 2014 By

Unions utilizing creative organizing strategies in the service sector

Employers should take note – Unions are using ever more creative means to engage potential members, especially in sectors with low rates of unionization. For example, the United Steelworkers are helping temporary foreign workers employed by a Tim Horton’s franchise in British Columbia …

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