Cost management and claims reduction: WSIB and Occupational Health & Safety
Our management-side labour and employment group at Siskinds is dedicated to offering effective strategies and advice to our employer clients, including helping them manage and control costs tied to their employment relationship with workers. A significant part of my practice revolves around …View the post titled Cost management and claims reduction: WSIB and Occupational Health & Safety
Is it time to update your vaccination policy?
It’s been three long years of ever-changing expectations about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As governments and organizations are reassessing the cost/benefit analysis of risk reduction measures, mandatory vaccination policies are front and centre. Now that the Ontario government i…View the post titled Is it time to update your vaccination policy?
2023 Ontario budget – Highlights for employers
On March 23, 2023, the Ontario government tabled its 2023 Budget. If passed, the Budget will address critical needs in the province, including Ontario’s labour shortage, particularly in sectors such as construction and health care. Highlights of particular interest to employer include:View the post titled 2023 Ontario budget – Highlights for employers
An employment lawyer’s review of an AI-drafted employment agreement
Along with what feels like every other person on the planet, I’ve been experimenting with ChatGPT. For the uninitiated, ChatGPT is an AI chat bot developed by OpenAI. I’m hardly an expert on the subject, but ChatGPT does not appear to “think” the way humans do. It is incapable of subjective …View the post titled An employment lawyer’s review of an AI-drafted employment agreement
Is it even a pilot project 24 years later?: The case for mandatory mediation across Ontario
Lawyers practicing any form of litigation know that mediation can be a client’s best friend. It’s an efficient, effective, and fair mechanism to resolve clients’ differences in a timely way. In 1999, the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program established a pilot project to test the advantages o…View the post titled Is it even a pilot project 24 years later?: The case for mandatory mediation across Ontario
Labour law 101: Collective bargaining*
What is collective bargaining? Continuing with our labour law series, in this week’s blog post we will discuss collective bargaining, the process by which a union and an employer negotiate the terms and conditions of employment for employees for whom the union holds bargaining rights. What i…View the post titled Labour law 101: Collective bargaining*
Labour law 101: Certification applications in the construction industry
What employers need to know about certification applications in the construction industry Continuing with our labour law basics series, in today’s post we will discuss what to do if a union files a certification application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB” or the “Board”) seek…View the post titled Labour law 101: Certification applications in the construction industry
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…View the post titled Selling your professional practice?
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…View the post titled Take note: employers may be responsible for paying CPP and EI premiums on employee tips and gratuities
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…View the post titled When should I hire a third-party investigator?
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