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Online shopping on company time not always a sin

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2452″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Online shopping on company time not always a sin As the temptation to shop online taunts employees leading up to the holiday season, employers should recognize that reality and ensure their policies set clear expectations… Read more   This blog is provided as information and a summary of workplace legal issues. […]

Employees to Become Entitled to WSIB Benefits for Chronic Mental Stress

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2528″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In May 2017, Bill 127, the Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (“Bill 127”) was passed by the Ontario legislature bringing in a number of new changes which will be of interest to employers in the province.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME… THE LURKING RISK OF CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2412″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Most employers are aware of the concept of constructive dismissal, which occurs when an employer unilaterally makes changes to an employee’s terms of employment that fundamentally alter the nature of the job. This can result from changes in compensation, changes in work functions, a loss in status or prestige, or any […]

New Employment and Labour Law Legislation: “The Fair Workplaces,Better Jobs Act, 2017” Potentially Coming to Workplaces Across Ontario

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2661″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Ontario’s Minister of Labour appointed two Special Advisors in 2015 to conduct a Changing Workplaces Review (the “Review”) to consider issues related to the changing nature of employment relationships, and how Ontario’s labour and employment legislation could be amended to better address those issues. On May 23, 2017, the Special Advisors […]

Termination Clauses Must Comply with the ESA

On February 23, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal (the “Court of Appeal”) released its much anticipated decision, Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 (“Wood”). The decision brings needed clarity to the interplay between contractual termination of employment provisions and the minimum standards established in the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the […]

Medical Documentation and Disability-Related Accommodation Requests

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2561″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text] On February 1, 2017, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) released a policy statement regarding its position on medical information to be provided when individuals request disability-related accommodations. The new policy statement is especially topical for employers, who have a statutory duty under Ontario’s Human Rights Code to accommodate […]

Williams makes 2016 W100 ranking of successful female entrepreneurs

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1896″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text] Williams makes 2016 W100 ranking of successful female entrepreneurs Advocate Daily columns Taking risks and tackling tough “people-management” issues for the betterment of the business has helped put Toronto-area employment lawyer Laura Williams on the … Read more   This blog is provided as information and a summary of workplace legal issues. […]

Sexual violence intervention for bartenders shows ‘zero-tolerance approach’

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2489″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Sexual violence intervention for bartenders shows ‘zero-tolerance approach’ Advocate Daily columns TORONTO — Ontario is launching a $1.7-million program to train bartenders and servers how to identify and intervene in instances of sexual violence and harassment among … Read more   This blog is provided as information and a summary of workplace […]

False Allegations of Cause May Attract Punitive Damages

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2554″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A recent decision of the Small Claims Court (the “Court”) awarded punitive damages against an employer that falsely alleged cause to support a termination decision.