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…Continue reading the post titled Leaves, layoffs, and furloughs – what are the differences? What are the risks?
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…Continue reading the post titled Canada Emergency Response Benefit: a primer for employers
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 …Continue reading the post titled The basics on the federal government wage subsidy programs
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…Continue reading the post titled Coronavirus – Employers’ Frequently Asked Questions
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…Continue reading the post titled When is an investigation “appropriate in the circumstances”?
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…Continue reading the post titled Are employees “off-ramping” from your organization?
Employment law: 2019 year in review
Another year is winding to an end – which, of course, means that it’s time to reflect on the legal developments that we have seen in Ontario during the year. In this blog, I will present my non-exhaustive list of the most interesting developments to employment law in Ontario in 2019. Termina…Continue reading the post titled Employment law: 2019 year in review
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…Continue reading the post titled Public Holiday Pay: Is Your Absent Employee Entitled To It?
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…Continue reading the post titled Under Suspicion: Top 10 Tips for Conducting a Workplace Investigation
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, …Continue reading the post titled Can employers ask job-applicants if they are eligible to work in Canada on a “permanent basis”? That’s the $120k question.