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Published on: 4 Jan 2021 By

2021: COVID-19 is still here and employers must remain vigilant

2020 was quite the year for all of us, including employers. As COVID-19 walloped the globe, many businesses were forced to temporarily close due to regional or provincewide lockdowns.  Many are wondering what is in store for 2021. Ultimately, no one knows, but with vaccines starting to be ro…

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Published on: 24 Nov 2020 By

No protection for employers under the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Ontario government enacted the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 (the “Act”). As discussed by my colleague Anna Stoll in COVID-19 and limiting liability, the Act retroactively limits civil liability for the transmission and/or contraction of COVID-19 i…

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Published on: 23 Nov 2020 By

Conducting workplace investigations COVID-style

As the COVID-19 pandemic carries on in Canada, it is becoming apparent that virtual workplace investigations may be here to stay for longer than we anticipated and most likely permanently. For many workplace investigators, virtually investigating was a new way of doing things and with nearly…

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Published on: 17 Nov 2020 By

Employers: Supreme Court of Canada weighs in on discrimination, bonus entitlements

It has been some time since the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) last addressed employment-law related issues, but it recently issued two noteworthy decisions that may be relevant to employers. In Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28, the SCC arguably set the bar lower for employe…

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Published on: 13 Nov 2020 By

Fines of over $120,000 imposed for serial violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Not ensuring a safe workplace can be a costly mistake as one London, Ontario rebar fabricator recently found out.  During the summer of 2018, a Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Inspector issued 18 orders to AGF Rebar Inc. (“AGF”) requiring that certain machinery inside its…

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Ontario’s new restriction framework and what that means for Ontario businesses

Consistent with the ever-changing nature of rules and regulations around COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has announced a rehauling of the COVID-19 alert framework we have become accustomed to (Stages 1-3), by way of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, effective Saturday November 7…

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Just talk to each other! How a simple conversation can reduce liability

Family status accommodation requests are some of the most difficult faced by employers. Where is the line between an employee’s personal preference and a legal right to expect accommodation? Recently, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal drew that line and in doing so, provided some em…

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Published on: 4 Nov 2020 By

New hiring practices for publicly funded school boards to reflect diversity and merit

As school boards across the province face teacher shortages, the Ontario government recently made changes to how teaching positions can be filled by publicly funded school boards in Ontario.  Effective October 29, 2020, the Ontario government revoked O. Reg 274/12: Hiring Practices, which fa…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

Leaves, layoffs and terminations: COVID’s impact on Ontario’s workplaces

In the ever-changing employment law landscape of 2020, it can be hard to keep pace and understand your options and responsibilities for your workforce. This blog will discuss some of our clients’ frequently asked questions about leaves, layoffs and terminations. Covid Related Leaves of Absen…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

It’ll never happen to us: Union avoidance in the age of COVID-19

Union organizing campaigns can start in several different ways, however many find at their root a feeling among employees of unfair or unequal treatment by their employer. Sometimes the friction point is pay and benefits, other times it is entitlement to a benefit or advantage that others ma…

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