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 at https://www.siskinds.com/don-t-forg…Continue reading the post titled First Fines Are Issued Under The Violence Provisions Of The OHSA
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…Continue reading the post titled Ongoing Evolution in the Law of Termination Provisions
Beware the Employee Who Signs Too Quickly
Purchasing peace of mind against future litigation by offering a dismissed employee an exit package in exchange for a signed release is a common (and usually good) practice for employers. However, the B.C. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Saliken v. Alpine Aerotech Limited Partnership remi…Continue reading the post titled Beware the Employee Who Signs Too Quickly
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…Continue reading the post titled Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal forges its own path on family status
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 lim…Continue reading the post titled How Should Employers Address Workplace Sexual Harassment?
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 / hour This rate applies to most employees. Student Minimum Wage $10.70 / hour This rate applies to students unde…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Minimum Wage Rates Increase October 1, 2016
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…Continue reading the post titled New Regulation Outlines Process for Implementing Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Frameworks
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 a…Continue reading the post titled New Code of Practice for Workplace Harassment Provisions of OHSA
As someone currently channelling Helen Mirren as a role model, the thought of age discrimination strikes a little too close to home. Kudos to the inimitable Dick Van Dyke for his plain speaking about this particular elephant in the room.Continue reading the post titled Age Discrimination
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…Continue reading the post titled UP, UP, AND AWAY: What’s new with Notice periods?