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…Continue reading the post titled Accessibility Obligations for Employers with Under 50 Employees
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…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Labour Relations Board Seeks Submissions on Possible Elimination of “White Areas”
Resignation: Can You Take it Lying Down?
Say you’re an employer facing the prospect of being overstaffed. Some managers have recently left your employ but their support staff remain. You meet with one of your employees to discuss some upcoming changes to their job description in light of this impending over staffing. They are upset…Continue reading the post titled Resignation: Can You Take it Lying Down?
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…Continue reading the post titled Honesty is the Best Policy: Deceitful Employers Jailed for Occupational Health and Safety Act Violations
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…Continue reading the post titled Terminating Employees for Criminal Charges: Does Just Cause Exist
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…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 limit…Continue reading the post titled How Should Employers Address Workplace Sexual Harassment?