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2 Jan 2018 By

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

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 Da…

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29 Dec 2017 By

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

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 a…

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14 Nov 2017 By

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

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 …

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6 Nov 2017 By

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

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 inv…

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1 Nov 2017 By

Upcoming AODA Deadlines and Workplace Related Requirements to Date

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 …

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23 Aug 2017 By

Just Cause: All’s Well That Ends Well, But in the Meantime…

It’s not news to readers of this blog that proving just cause for the dismissal of an employee is a high hurdle. Our clients also know that we usually recommend the continuation of a dismissed employee’s group benefits during negotiations post-dismissal.  Now there’s a case to highlight the …

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31 Jul 2017 By

Frustration of Employment Contract: What to Consider Before Throwing in the Towel

Like any contract, an employment contract can be “frustrated” when continued performance of the contract becomes impossible or would be radically different because of a dramatic change in circumstances. Employers typically raise frustration of contract to formally end the employment relation…

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