Williams HR Law LLP

INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2561″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]When an employee is injured or suffering from a disability having clear information about work limitations and prognosis is integral to an effective accommodation process.

WSIB RATE FRAMEWORK MODERNIZATION

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2827″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (the “WSIB”) approved its new Rate Framework in November 2016 and has recently launched a public consultation on the draft policies made to support the implementation of the new Rate Framework.

DISHONESTY YOU CAN’T COME BACK FROM

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2309″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Employees have an implied duty of faithfulness and honesty to their employers. However, as disconcerting as it is for many employers to learn, dishonesty by an employee is not automatic grounds to terminate one’s employment on a for cause basis.

FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS MUST BE “FUTURE-PROOFED” TOO

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2532″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Termination clauses in employment contracts must be valid at any point in the employment relationship.

UPDATE ON FAMILY STATUS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2791″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]In another recent case dealing with family status accommodation, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO” or the “Tribunal”) has confirmed its departure from the test outlined in Canada (Attorney General) v Johnstone [“Johnstone”] in favour of the approach adopted in Devaney v ZRV Holdings Limited [“Devaney”]. The HRTO indicated

Still time for employers to weigh in on Bill 148 changes

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2658″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Still time for employers to weigh in on Bill 148 changes Ontario employers should be prepared for new employment and labour law amendments that will start to roll out in January, says Markham, ON-based employment lawyer… Read more   This blog is provided as information and a summary of workplace legal […]

LAWSUIT TACKLES DENIAL OF WSIB BENEFITS FOR CHRONIC MENTAL STRESS

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2528″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]A new lawsuit could bring Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) benefits to hundreds of Ontario workers suffering from chronic work-related mental stress.

JAIL TIME FOR EMPLOYER IS ANOTHER INDICATION OF CULTURE CHANGE IN EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2797″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Last month, a Mississauga employer was sentenced by the court to thirty (30) days of jail time and fined $20,000 after failing to comply with an order issued by the Ministry of Labour (the “Ministry”) to pay over $140,000 of unpaid wages to forty-three (43) of his staff employees, along with […]

HIRING ONE EMPLOYEE MAY RESULT IN CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL OF ANOTHER

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”2791″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Constructive dismissal and sexual harassment are two topics that we have blogged about recently to highlight how important it is for employers to be aware of these concepts.

New Developments Regarding the TTC ‘Fitness for Duty’ Policy

In an early application of its “Fitness for Duty” policy (the “Policy”), the Toronto Transit Commission (the “TTC”) has suspended a driver who tested positive for a prohibited substance in June 2017. As previously discussed on our blog in October of 2011, the TTC implemented a policy which provides for random drug and alcohol testing of […]