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Published on: 23 Nov 2022 By ,

Selling your professional practice?

Employment considerations when selling your professional practice*   Whatever the reason might be to sell a professional practice, whether for the purposes of retirement, a change of career, or no longer wanting to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, there are impor…

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Published on: 23 Sep 2022 By

Take note: employers may be responsible for paying CPP and EI premiums on employee tips and gratuities

According to a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision, employers who receive electronic tips and gratuities from customers (e.g. from debit and credit transactions and gift cards) and pass them on to their employees may be required to pay CPP and EI premiums on those tips and gratuities. Th…

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Published on: 29 Aug 2022 By

When should I hire a third-party investigator?

You’ve received a harassment complaint by one of your employees and you think, who is going to investigate this? You might feel ill-equipped to deal with the process, perhaps you indirectly report to the respondent, you may have a desk full of urgent work and you cannot clear your schedule t…

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Published on: 22 Aug 2022 By

Employer Quick Hit: confidentiality, conflict of interest clauses can also threaten your termination provisions

Our Ontario clients are aware that a Court of Appeal decision from 2020, Waksdale, prompted many employers to revise many of their employment contracts. Waksdale confirmed that if any provision of an employment agreement that is relevant to termination of employment violates the Employment S…

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Published on: 12 Aug 2022 By

Is your COVID-19 vaccination policy still relevant and enforceable?

Although many organizations drafted and implemented COVID-19 vaccination policies less than a year ago, change is swift in the pandemic world and year-old policies may be past their “best before” date, given recent arbitral case law. Employers should therefore take a hard look at their polic…

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Published on: 26 Jul 2022 By

Ontario Government extends worker Income Protection Benefit while ending leave for employees on layoff

The Ontario Government has introduced a number of leaves and programs for both employees and employers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these, the Ontario Income Protection Benefit, gave employees up to three days of paid infectious disease emergency leave (“IDEL”) as long as their a…

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Published on: 28 Jun 2022 By

The Ontario Court of Appeal weighs in on sexual harassment and just cause

Termination of employment for cause can seem like an unbelievably high bar for an employer to meet. Fortunately, the Ontario Court of Appeal has released two decisions in the last year that have upheld terminations for cause in circumstances involving sexual harassment and assault. Hucsko v.…

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Published on: 22 Jun 2022 By

Can an employee’s involvement in the Freedom Convoy protests result in their termination of employment?

As we all know, life’s events are constantly being photographed, posted, tweeted, and shared. It seems that keeping our private lives private, has become less and less of a reality as the years go by. As a result, keeping a separation between employees “on-duty conduct” and “off-duty conduct…

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Published on: 20 Jun 2022 By

Return to the office: Struggling with employees unwilling or unable to return

About one year ago, I blogged on various employer considerations for both hybrid and entirely remote work, including location, duration, frequency, home office requirements, legal compliance, etc. See my remote work blog for details. It was already clear at that time that employers were goin…

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Published on: 13 Jun 2022 By

Implementing a four-day workweek: Legal issues for employers to consider

So you’re having trouble finding and retaining top talent. Offering hybrid or remote work doesn’t work for you – or maybe it isn’t enough to keep competitive in this tight job market. You’re also hearing reports of employee burnout and have seen first-hand that the pandemic is causing employ…

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