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Welcoming Three New Partners – January 2018

Written by on January 04, 2018.

Siskinds LLP is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2018, Rasha El-Tawil and Michael Polvere were admitted as partners of Siskinds LLP, and Caroline Perrault as a partner of Siskinds Desmeules LLP, our Quebec affiliate. These lawyers have excelled in their respective areas of personal injury law, commercial litigation, and class actions, and will be a strong addition to our partnership team. An excellent way to start 2018!

New Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 Will Affect Calculation of New Year’s Day Holiday Pay

Written by on January 02, 2018.

Happy New Year, everyone! Effective January 1, 2018, the method used for calculating public holiday pay has changed, meaning that the way employers are required to pay qualifying employees for New Year's Day will be different than the method used for calculating Christmas and Boxing Day pay. Prior to January 1, employers calculated public holiday pay by taking the employee's earnings over the previously worked four weeks and dividing that number by 20. Now, employers must base public holiday ...

The Risks of Cutting Off an Employee’s Insurance Benefits After Termination

Written by on December 29, 2017.

We frequently warn our clients about the significant risks of prematurely cutting off an employee's insurance benefits post-termination. Here is an excellent article from the Globe & Mail explaining the reasons for that advice. If you have any questions regarding this article or any other labour and employment topics, please contact anyone from Siskinds' labour and employment team.  

Peter Dillon Featured in Franchise Law Journal – Canada’s Developing Franchise Jurisprudence

Written by and on December 15, 2017.

The Franchise Law Journal is a respected collection of franchising news, published seasonally by the American Bar Association. Franchise lawyer Peter Dillon was recently featured in the winter 2017 edition for his article Canada: It’s Like Watching A Car Crash in Slow Motion. With homage to the writings of Robert Service, this article examines the current state of the developing franchise jurisprudence in Canada, and posits that there are other queer happenings in the land of the midnight sun.

Bill 148 Poised to Pass Today

Written by on November 22, 2017.

The provincial government went silent throughout much of the fall when Ontarians could expect to have a third reading of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. However, last Thursday, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs adopted significant amendments to Bill 148. News outlets are reporting this morning that Bill 148 is set for its third reading today. A few new additions have been added to the legislation, including changes to parental leave, to extend its du...

A Costly Lesson in How Not to Conduct a Workplace Harassment Investigation

Written by on November 14, 2017.

It seems that everywhere we look these days, sexual harassment is on the radar – whether in Hollywood, the CBC or in our own workplaces. Recent changes to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act now require investigations to be conducted by employers into all incidents or complaints of harassment. In a decision released by the Ontario Court of Appeal in October of this year, an employer received a costly lesson on ignoring claims of workplace harassment and conducting an inept harassmen...

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

Written by on November 06, 2017.

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 involved a public online survey, with over 1200 respondents providing information. The Report, titled “Harassment and Sexual Violence in the Workplace Public Consultations: What We Heard”, includes anecdo...

Upcoming AODA Deadlines and Workplace Related Requirements to Date

Written by on November 01, 2017.

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 in a minute. Assuming your business is totally up to date on your AODA obligations, don’t forget that two more deadlines are coming up: By December 31, 2017, all larger organizations (20+ empl...

What the Cost of Your Training Kit Says About Your Multi-Level Marketing Company

Written by on October 18, 2017.

For aspiring multi-level marketing ("MLM") or direct selling ("DS") companies, a positive written opinion by Canada's Competition Bureau is an important first step in the operational success of their business. However, early decisions in the pricing of "starter kits" or "training kits" can jeopardize that opinion and derail their business before it ever gets to market. In order to protect Canadian consumers from unscrupulous businesses, the Competition Bureau enumerates a number of requiremen...