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Published on: 24 May 2017 By

Hot Off the Press – Changing Workplaces Final Report Released

Ontario Ministry of Labour Kevin Flynn released the Final Report of The Changing Workplaces Review yesterday. This 419-page report contains 173 recommendations that, if implemented, could have far-reaching implications on Ontario workplaces. In terms of changes to basic employment standards,…

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Published on: 24 May 2017 By

Unionizing Franchise Locations Could Become Easier Under Proposed Changes to Ontario Law

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review has now issued its Final Report, and there’s good news and bad news for franchisors. First, the good news: as we outlined in February, there were concerns that the Final Report would call for expanding the situations where franchisors would be considere…

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Published on: 24 May 2017 By

Change is gonna come: The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

More than two years after Ontario’s Minister of Labour initiated it, the Changing Workplaces Review has issued its final report. And depending on how (or if) the current Liberal government chooses to implement its 173 recommendations, employment in the province could look quite different a y…

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Published on: 23 May 2017 By

Court Allows Employer to Continue Random Drug Testing over Union’s Legal Objections

Unionized employers often face resistance when attempting to introduce drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. This is particularly true where the testing is going to be carried out at random. Employers who introduce these types of testing policies often face policy grievances challenging…

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Published on: 28 Feb 2017 By

Potential Changes to Employment Legislation May Mean Increased Liability for Franchisors

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review’s final report is expected to be delivered in the next few weeks and, if some of the ideas contained in its interim report become law, franchisors may find themselves liable as employers of their franchisees’ employees, regardless of the franchisor’s ac…

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Published on: 24 Feb 2017 By

Former Employee Successfully Sued for Defamation for Facebook Posts

In recent years, careless, or let’s say, less than sensible comments on social media have gotten countless employees in trouble with their boss. Employees who have used Facebook as a forum for posting threatening language and vile insults about a supervisor or offensive accusations about the…

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Published on: 9 Feb 2017 By

Unionized Ontario Employers Face Double Jeopardy in Human Rights Cases

Unionized employers regularly deal with employees alleging breaches of their human rights. These allegations can be the subject of the grievance process or an application to the province’s forum for hearings into human rights cases. In Ontario, the forum is the Human Rights Tribunal; in Mani…

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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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