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Published on: 26 Jan 2017 By

Accessibility Obligations for Employers with Under 50 Employees

Effective January 1, 2017 there are new accessibility standards for employers with under 50 employees. Larger non-public employers with more than 50 employees were required to implement new employment standards and communications obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabil…

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Published on: 16 Jan 2017 By

Ontario Labour Relations Board Seeks Submissions on Possible Elimination of “White Areas”

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “OLRB”) is considering revamping how it geographically organizes construction bargaining units in Northern Ontario, and is seeking submissions from the public. Since 1980, the OLRB has consistently recognized bargaining units in the construction sector…

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Published on: 1 Dec 2016 By

Honesty is the Best Policy: Deceitful Employers Jailed for Occupational Health and Safety Act Violations

As it turns out, the Ontario Court of Justice is as friendly to liars as the Ministry of Labour is to employers who don’t comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”). That is, not friendly at all. While most employers are mindful of the hefty fines they can receive for OHSA v…

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Published on: 24 Nov 2016 By

Terminating Employees for Criminal Charges: Does Just Cause Exist

We live in a society where our criminal justice system presumes a person innocent until proven guilty. That said, the reality is that many people criminally charged are guilty. Even where innocent, it can take months – if not years – before criminal charges are resolved, during which time it…

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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 here. Two convictions and heavy financ…

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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 limit…

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