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Federal Election Day 2021

On Monday, September 20, 2021, Canadians will return to the polls to elect a federal government. Pursuant to the Canada Elections Act (the “Act”), every Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age or older is entitled to three consecutive hours away from work while polls are open on election day in order to cast […]

This is the fifth bulletin in a weekly series that provides a recap of important COVID-19 developments and their impact on employers as they navigate these challenging times. This recap covers the week of April 20, 2020 and is current as of April 27, 2020.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED A HUGE INCREASE IN THE FEDERAL WAGE SUBSIDY FOR SMALL- & MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES, AMONG OTHER FINANCIAL SUPPORTS FOR EMPLOYERS

On March 27, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government is increasing the amount of wage subsidies available to businesses. In addition to the 10% wage subsidy announced last week for small businesses (the “Wage Subsidy”), the government has announced a separate 75% wage subsidy in an effort to help prevent layoffs […]

Foodora Couriers are Dependent Contractors That are Entitled to Unionize: A Landmark Decision for the Canadian Gig Economy

Last week the Ontario Labour Relations Board (“OLRB” or the “Board”) rendered a historic decision for the Canadian gig economy by finding that Foodora’s food-delivery couriers in Toronto and Mississauga are dependent contractors that are entitled to unionize under the Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995 (“LRA”). The gig economy generally involves temporary and flexible work […]

Best Practices for Employers to Minimize Holiday Party Related Liability

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3545″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Office holiday parties are a great way for employers to show appreciation for their employees’ hard work throughout the year and to bring their teams closer together, but they also present risks that employers often don’t foresee. Most employers are aware that a common issue that can arise during holiday parties […]