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SUPREME COURT OF CANADA AFFIRMS EMPLOYEE PRIVACY EXPECTATIONS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2282″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The increased use of technology in the workplace has pushed the issue of employee privacy to the forefront.  In a blog from March of last year, we wrote about the expanding expectation of employee privacy as the result of the Ontario Court of Appeals decision in R. v. Cole. In a […]

WHEN IT COMES TO EMPLOYEE MITIGATION JOB OFFERS, MAKE SURE IT’S AN OFFER THEY CAN’T REFUSE

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2285″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In a recent blog, we reported the decision in Ghanny v. 498326 Ontario Limited which involved the court finding that an employee’s duty to mitigate may include taking a job that is offered by the dismissing employer. As a solid illustration of the evolving law in this area, we now report […]

Temporary Help Agencies Targeted for Compliance Blitz

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) recently issued a statement that it will be targeting temporary help agencies for proactive inspection blitzes from June 2012, until the end of August.   The MOL noted that about 735,000 people in Ontario work in temporary jobs and that many of them are employed by temp agencies.

APPEAL COURT OKs OVERTIME CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2297″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]On June 26, 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that 2 major lawsuits against CIBC and Scotiabank, alleging that employees were denied hundreds of millions of dollars worth of overtime pay, may proceed as class actions.

Preparing for Canada’s Skilled Worker Shortage

The economic turbulence of recent years has led to a popular belief that Canada’s labour market is full of qualified workers that cannot find suitable employment.  Canadian demographic statistics, however, paint a different picture. While the market for unskilled labour is expected to stay strong, finding qualified skilled workers is something that may become increasingly […]

Top 5 Myths About Employment Agreements

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2306″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A well-crafted employment agreement is, quite possibly, the single most effective tool that an organization can wield to save money. Unfortunately, it’s woefully underutilized.  An effective agreement is an investment that pays for itself countless times over, has the potential to save thousands in legal fees, clarifies expectations for both parties—while […]

WSIAT CLARIFIES TRAUMATIC MENTAL STRESS ENTITLEMENT

A recent decision of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (“WSIAT”) has arguably expanded the scope of entitlement for traumatic mental stress (“TMS”). Previously, in order to be successful in obtaining entitlement for TMS, workers had been required to show that their TMS was a result of a traumatic event that posed a threat […]

OLRB EXPEDITED PROCEEDINGS NOW APPLICABLE TO OHSA REPRISAL ALLEGATIONS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2309″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB”) has recently announced some minor procedural changes effective April 1, 2012. Amongst these changes is an amendment to Rule 41 of the OLRB Rules of Procedure that will allow for complaints alleging reprisals under section 50 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) to […]

Bad Behaviour Bags Bonus – Ontario Court Of Appeal Rules

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2313″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Mady Development Corp. v. Rossetto, Mr. Rossetto, an executive of Mady Development who diverted labour, materials and company funds to renovate his house, was allowed by the Court to keep his buxom bonus. When the company originally learned of Mr. Rosetto’s misconduct, he was fired and sued for conversion, […]