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Published on: 6 Apr 2020 By

Leaves, layoffs, and furloughs – what are the differences? What are the risks?

Perhaps you thought that recent whipsawing between two revisions to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) in one year was confusing. In my humble opinion, that was nothing compared to the deluge of acronyms and information flooding employers in this COVID-19 world. If it feels like thin…

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Published on: 6 Apr 2020 By

Canada Emergency Response Benefit: a primer for employers

Most employers are aware that the Federal government has introduced wage subsidy programs, described in more detail by my colleague Jen Costin in her recent blog. However, employers should also be aware of the benefits being offered to Canadian workers.   News reports indicated that the gove…

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Published on: 6 Apr 2020 By

The basics on the federal government wage subsidy programs

With each passing day during the COVID-19 pandemic, there seem to be more programs, lists and rules to be aware of. It can feel overwhelming to keep it all straight, so this blog will focus on the Federal Government’s two wage subsidy programs.   The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers …

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Published on: 4 Feb 2020 By

Coronavirus – Employers’ Frequently Asked Questions

With health experts proclaiming that the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (i.e., the “Coronavirus”) is likely to become a pandemic, Canadian employers should prepare for the worst and plan how to respond to various employment-related issues that could arise if the virus continues to spread. With that…

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Published on: 20 Jan 2020 By

When is an investigation “appropriate in the circumstances”?

Every investigator has had one of “those” files. Allegations are abundant, historical, and/or about things like “he walked past me once without speaking to me.” Can an investigator refuse to look into allegations if they are ancient? What if they wouldn’t constitute harassment even if they c…

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Published on: 16 Jan 2020 By

Are employees “off-ramping” from your organization?

When employees experience personal trauma, challenging transitions in the workplace, difficult relationships with managers, etc., some of them will choose to “off-ramp,” a term referring to those who voluntarily resign or reduce their working hours. Many employers will be familiar with an em…

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Published on: 25 Nov 2019 By

Public Holiday Pay: Is Your Absent Employee Entitled To It?

Section 26 of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) outlines an employer’s compensation obligation towards their employees when a public holiday falls on a regular work day. In order to be entitled to public holiday pay, the employee must pass the “Last and First Rule” – which req…

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Published on: 20 Nov 2019 By

Under Suspicion: Top 10 Tips for Conducting a Workplace Investigation

Workplace investigations are an important process in any workplace. In some cases they are required by legislation and in others they are just good practice. Before conducting your own internal workplace investigation, be sure you have considered all of the points below. 1. Pick an investiga…

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Published on: 15 Nov 2019 By

Can employers ask job-applicants if they are eligible to work in Canada on a “permanent basis”? That’s the $120k question.

As a part of their job-application process, many employers ask applicants a question about the applicant’s ability or eligibility to work in Canada. Depending on the exact wording of that question, it may violate the Human Rights Code (the “Code”). Such a violation could be costly. In 2018, …

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