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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Published on: 21 Sep 2015 By

Court Awards Former Employee 27 Months’ Pay in Lieu of Notice of Termination

A recent judgement by an Ontario court serves as a reminder to employers of the importance of having employment contracts in place to limit the business’ financial exposure when terminating an employee. Employers are likely aware that they generally cannot terminate employment without cause …

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Published on: 21 Aug 2015 By

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Awards over $150,000 to Former Employees That Suffered Sexual Discrimination

A recent ruling by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has set a new high-water mark for damages awards against employers. Employers that are found to have allowed their employees to suffer from sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, in the workplace face potentia…

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Published on: 21 Aug 2015 By

Minimum Wage increasing on October 1, 2015

Employers in Ontario should take note that effective October 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Ontario is increasing. The general minimum wage will increase from $11.00/hour to $11.25/hour. Student minimum wage will increase from $10.30/hour to $10.55/hour. Liquor servers’ minimum wage will incre…

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Published on: 23 Jul 2015 By

Does “I Quit” Really Mean “I Quit”?

Case law has not always been clear on what constitutes a resignation by an employee. More often than not, it seems very difficult for an employer to establish a resignation where the employee changes his/her mind down the road. However, in Kerr v. Valley Volkswagen, 2014 NSSC 27 (CanLII), th…

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Published on: 21 Jul 2015 By

New Decision from FSCO Addresses the Minor Injuries Guideline

On July 7, 2015, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario released a decision in Arruda v. Western Assurance,1 providing some additional analysis of the Minor Injuries Guideline (“MIG”). The Applicant Ms. Arruda sustained soft tissue and psychological injuries in a motor vehicle accident…

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Published on: 17 Jul 2015 By

Absenteeism: When Is It Enough to Warrant Termination?

This issue was addressed in the recent arbitral decision of Humber River Hospital v. Teamsters, 2014 CanLII 50008 (ON LA), where the grievor was employed in the Dietary Department of the hospital and had been for fifteen years. The grievor had a persistent pattern of frequent and unexpected …

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Published on: 6 Jul 2015 By

Peter Dillon Recognized by Lexpert as Leading Franchise Lawyer

Peter Dillon, the head of our franchise, licensing and distribution law group has been recognized in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the most consistently recommended practitioners in the area of franchise law. Licensed in both Canada and the United States, Dillon restric…

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