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Published on: 6 Nov 2017 By

Federal Government Releases Report on Harassment and Sexual Violence in the Workplace

Recently, the federal government released the results of a year-long series of consultations with unions, employer organizations, federal government departments and agencies, academics, and advocacy groups on the subject of workplace harassment and violence. The consultation process also inv…

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Published on: 1 Nov 2017 By

Upcoming AODA Deadlines and Workplace Related Requirements to Date

As the end of the year approaches, and with it the deadline for many businesses to file their Accessibility Compliance Report, it seems as good a time as any to review the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the “AODA”) and confirm your organization’s compliance. More on that …

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Published on: 23 Aug 2017 By

Just Cause: All’s Well That Ends Well, But in the Meantime…

It’s not news to readers of this blog that proving just cause for the dismissal of an employee is a high hurdle. Our clients also know that we usually recommend the continuation of a dismissed employee’s group benefits during negotiations post-dismissal. Now there’s a case to highlight the i…

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Published on: 31 Jul 2017 By

Frustration of Employment Contract: What to Consider Before Throwing in the Towel

Like any contract, an employment contract can be “frustrated” when continued performance of the contract becomes impossible or would be radically different because of a dramatic change in circumstances. Employers typically raise frustration of contract to formally end the employment relation…

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Published on: 18 Jul 2017 By

Concerned About Bill 148? Have Your Say By This Friday

Yesterday, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs’ tour of Ontario hit London to hear from the public on the changes to labour and employment legislation proposed in Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Throughout the day, the Committee considered oral presen…

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Published on: 11 Jul 2017 By

Public Hearings Regarding the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, in London on July 17

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is currently working its way through the Ontario legislature and, if passed into law, would impose many new obligations on employers. For more details on those changes, please see our previous blog posts on the subject. Bill 148 is in the…

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Published on: 5 Jul 2017 By

Up in Smoke: An Update on Marijuana in the Workplace

We are often asked to comment on what effect the proposed legalization of marijuana is likely to have on workplaces. As I noted last year, many employers already have experience with marijuana-related workplace issues, given that the drug has been used for medical purposes for some time. How…

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Published on: 19 Jun 2017 By

Indecent Proposal? Whether and How to Ask Existing Employees to Sign New Employment Contracts

Asking existing employees to sign new employment contracts can be a sensitive topic. Employees will undoubtedly wonder why they are being asked to do so. Many will quite rightly assume that the employer’s main motive for having new contracts be signed is to protect the employer – not the emp…

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Published on: 30 May 2017 By

The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report: Permanency and Equality for Temporary Help Workers

Along with franchisors and unionized employers, the recommendations made in the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report could signal change for temporary help agencies, the individuals they employ (“assignment workers”), and the businesses who use these services to staff their operations (“c…

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