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Published on: 1 Nov 2016 By

Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal forges its own path on family status

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal says it has “clarified” its test for discrimination on the basis of family status. Noting it is not bound by the decisions of other tribunals or courts outside Ontario, the Tribunal has now gone back to basics, but whether the test is any more clear remains …

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Published on: 12 Oct 2016 By

How Should Employers Address Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is front and centre in the news these days. That means your employees are thinking about it, talking about it, and maybe considering the merits of filing a complaint. While this might make for a stressful and potentially expensive time for employers, there are ways to limit…

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Published on: 15 Sep 2016 By

Ontario Minimum Wage Rates Increase October 1, 2016

Employers take note! The minimum wage for provincially-regulated employees in Ontario will increase again on October 1, 2016. The new rates will be: General Minimum Wage$11.40 / hourThis rate applies to most employees. Student Minimum Wage$10.70 / hourThis rate applies to students under the …

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Published on: 14 Sep 2016 By

New Regulation Outlines Process for Implementing Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Frameworks

Currently, the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 (“BPSAA”) imposes what amounts to a compensation freeze on “designated executives” within a relatively small set of Broader Public Sector (“BPS”) organizations such as hospitals, school boards, universities and colleges. The Broad…

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Published on: 2 Sep 2016 By

New Code of Practice for Workplace Harassment Provisions of OHSA

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has now issued a Code of Practice containing direction with respect to its expectations for the implementation of Bill 132, which amends the workplace harassment provisions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act (“OHSA”). However, a few remaining “grey ar…

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Published on: 22 Aug 2016 By

UP, UP, AND AWAY: What’s new with Notice periods?

Unfortunately for employers, there is a fair bit new with notice periods and not in a welcome direction. While 24 months has typically been viewed as the upper end of reasonable notice periods, there have been a number of decisions recently which have challenged that assumption. In Markoulak…

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Published on: 18 Jul 2016 By

A Break for Employers on Termination Clauses

Finally! The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a termination clause in an employment contract that did NOT reference benefit continuation (when indeed there were benefits) or severance (when the employer had a payroll of $2.5 million or more and the employee qualified for the severance payment …

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Published on: 14 Jul 2016 By

The Virtual Office: Working From Home Considerations

With the advancement of technology, employers looking to cut overhead costs, and family and lifestyle accommodations growing, working from home is becoming more and more common. However, there are some considerations that must be explored before such practices are approved. Policies If emplo…

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Published on: 8 Jul 2016 By

The Safety Dance: Right to Refuse Work Under Health and Safety Legislation

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) provides workers with a number of rights, including the right to refuse work that is “likely to endanger” the worker.[1] When a work refusal occurs there are a number of procedures outlined in the legislation that must be followed and, …

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