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Liars Never Prosper: Fraudulently Expensing Meals Justified Dismissal for Cause

It has become increasingly difficult for employers to prove that an employee’s misconduct is serious enough to warrant dismissal for cause. However, in the recent case of Mechalchuk v Galaxy Motors (1990) Ltd [Mechalchuk], the British Columbia Court of Appeal (“BCCA”) upheld the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s (“BCSC”) decision that a senior manager fraudulently […]

Navigating Complex Investigations: Employer Ordered To Pay Damages For Discrimination After Faulty Investigation

In Rojas v MMCC Solutions Canada aka Teleperformance Canada [Rojas], the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) ordered the employer to pay $40,576 in damages for discriminating against an employee who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The HRTO held the employer’s for-cause dismissal was discriminatory because the employer failed to consider the implications of […]

Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment: Insights From The Metrolinx Decision

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (“ONSC” or the “Court”) recently released the decision of Metrolinx v Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1587 [Metrolinx], involving the dismissal of five employees who engaged in workplace sexual harassment using the WhatsApp messenger platform. The Court’s ruling clarifies employer obligations in addressing incidents of harassment. Facts Five employees were […]

Bill 166 Public Hearings Announced

On February 26, 2024, the Ontario government proposed the Strengthening Accountability and Student Supports Act, 2024 [Bill 166]. Bill 166 is aimed at improving inclusivity, safety, and transparency with respect to education costs and would introduce several requirements for colleges and universities. New Policy Requirements If passed, Bill 166 would require every college and university […]

Working for Workers Four Act, 2023 Received Royal Assent: Important Dates for Employers

On March 21, 2024, Bill 149, Working for Workers Four Act, 2023 [Bill 149] received Royal Assent. Bill 149 amended several pieces of workplace legislation, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000 [ESA], the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 [WSIA], the Digital Platform Workers’ Rights Act, 2022, and the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and […]