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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 at https://www.siskinds.com/don-t-forg…

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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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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 lim…

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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 / hour This rate applies to most employees. Student Minimum Wage $10.70 / hour This rate applies to students unde…

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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 a…

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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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