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Published on: 7 Feb 2017 By

Unproven Complaints Against Employers Could Soon be Released to the Public

The Toronto Star has recently started a legal challenge that, if successful, may result in human rights, occupational health and safety, and other complaints made against employers being made public, despite the fact that those allegations are unproven. Most hearings today are not handled by…

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Published on: 31 Jan 2017 By

Changes to Emergency Leave Requirements in the Auto Industry

The final report from Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review is expected any day now, but in a taste of what’s to come, some changes are already being implemented. Since 2004, s. 50 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) has required employers with more than 50 employees to provide 10 u…

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Published on: 26 Jan 2017 By

Accessibility Obligations for Employers with Under 50 Employees

Effective January 1, 2017 there are new accessibility standards for employers with under 50 employees. Larger non-public employers with more than 50 employees were required to implement new employment standards and communications obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabil…

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Published on: 16 Jan 2017 By

Ontario Labour Relations Board Seeks Submissions on Possible Elimination of “White Areas”

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “OLRB”) is considering revamping how it geographically organizes construction bargaining units in Northern Ontario, and is seeking submissions from the public. Since 1980, the OLRB has consistently recognized bargaining units in the construction sector…

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Published on: 1 Dec 2016 By

Honesty is the Best Policy: Deceitful Employers Jailed for Occupational Health and Safety Act Violations

As it turns out, the Ontario Court of Justice is as friendly to liars as the Ministry of Labour is to employers who don’t comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). That is, not friendly at all. While most employers are mindful of the hefty fines they can receive for OHSA v…

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Published on: 24 Nov 2016 By

Terminating Employees for Criminal Charges: Does Just Cause Exist

We live in a society where our criminal justice system presumes a person innocent until proven guilty. That said, the reality is that many people criminally charged are guilty. Even where innocent, it can take months – if not years – before criminal charges are resolved, during which time it…

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Published on: 18 Nov 2016 By

First Fines Are Issued Under The Violence Provisions Of The OHSA

We are now starting to see the first decisions being released that deal with violations of the (fairly) new violence provisions added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). For details on those changes, you can revisit Mary Lou Brady’s blog here. Two convictions and heavy financ…

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Published on: 4 Nov 2016 By

Ongoing Evolution in the Law of Termination Provisions

Recent case law continues to address the enforceability of contractual provisions which try to limit employees’ entitlements on termination. Lawyers for terminated employees are keen to attack the validity of these clauses in an attempt to remove any cap on entitlements and extend the reason…

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