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Jan 13, 2022

By Charles Binns

ARBITRATOR UPHOLDS COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF VACCINATION STATUS AND PLACING UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEES ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Recently, we have been blogging on decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccination policies. You can find our latest blogs on these decisions here, here a...

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Nov 18, 2021

By Charles Binns

ARBITRATOR UPHOLDS COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY REQUIRING TESTING FOR UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEES

In our latest two blogs, which you can find here and here, we have summarized recent arbitration decisions dealing with the reasonableness of vario...

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Oct 28, 2021

By Charles Binns

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA FINDS LABOUR ARBITRATOR HAS EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OVER HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT IN UNIONIZED WORKPLACE

In the recent decision of Northern Regional Health Authority v Horrocks the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has ruled that a unionized ...

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Sep 29, 2021

By Charles Binns

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ISSUES POLICY STATEMENT ON VACCINE MANDATES AND PROOF OF VACCINE STATUS

As of September 22, 2021, many businesses are required to screen their patrons for proof of vaccination as a condition of entry. On the same day, t...

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Sep 1, 2021

By Charles Binns

CURRENT VACCINE POLICY MANDATES IN ONTARIO

As we blogged about previously, the Ontario and Federal governments have begun to make COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in certain workplace...

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Jul 22, 2021

By Charles Binns

ONTARIO COURT LIMITS ENTITLEMENT TO COMMISSIONS AND BONUSES PAYABLE BEYOND EXPIRY OF NOTICE PERIOD

Compensation arrangements can vary drastically from sector to sector and even within businesses. This is particularly the case in sales positions w...

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Jun 16, 2021

By Charles Binns

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYER’S COVID-19 TESTING POLICY UPHELD AS REASONABLE

Employers can implement COVID-19 testing as a condition of accessing the workplace in appropriate circumstances according to a recent decision from...

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Apr 29, 2021

By Charles Binns

Deemed Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Not a Bar to Common Law Constructive Dismissal Claims in Ontario

In what may be the first of many COVID-19 related constructive dismissal claims in Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice determined that employees...

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Mar 25, 2021

By Charles Binns

SPRING CLEANING: NOW IS THE TIME TO TIDY UP YOUR CONTRACTS AND POLICIES

The warm weather is here and spring cleaning has begun. While most people think of dusting shelves, removing clutter and vacuuming the rug, we here...

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Dec 21, 2020

By Charles Binns

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: ONTARIO ENTERING PROVINCE-WIDE LOCKDOWN STARTING BOXING DAY

Province-Wide Lockdown The much anticipated news of stricter lockdowns across Ontario has arrived. This afternoon Doug Ford announced that Ontario ...

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Aug 20, 2020

By Charles Binns

Ontario Extends Orders Issued Under Declared Emergency

Earlier today the government of Ontario announced that most of the active emergency orders issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protecti...

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Jul 30, 2020

By Charles Binns

COVID-19 Update: The End of Ontario’s Declared Emergency and Important Implications for Employers

On July 24, 2020, Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 came into force, and the declared emergency in Ontario ca...

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Jun 22, 2020

By Charles Binns

Feeling Claustrophobic? Court of Appeal Adds to Employer Anxiety Around Termination Clauses

If you are reading this blog, you are probably well aware of the perils of failing to include an appropriate “without cause” terminatio...

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May 21, 2020

By Charles Binns

Safety First: Work Stoppage Procedures under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) provides for two procedures that allow for the stoppage of work in response to health and safety conc...

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May 11, 2020

By Charles Binns

FEDERAL UPDATE: GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES LARGE EMPLOYER EMERGENCY FINANCING FACILITY LOAN PROGRAM AN EXPANSION OF BUSINESS CREDIT AVAILABILITY PROGRAM

Earlier this morning, the government announced two additional measures to support employers through the COVID-19 pandemic. The government’s p...

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May 6, 2020

By Charles Binns

COVID-19 Provincial Update: Further Easing of Restrictions and Extension Of Previous Orders

Easing Restrictions on Certain Businesses On May 6, 2020, the Ontario government announced that it will be allowing retail stores with a street ent...

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May 1, 2020

By Charles Binns

COVID-19 Provincial Update: Preparing To “Re-Open For Business”

  Today, the Ontario government announced, that by following proper health and safety guidelines, certain business will be permitted to reopen...

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Apr 27, 2020

By Charles Binns

COVID-19 PROVINCIAL UPDATE

Today Premier Ford announced a framework for re-opening Ontario’s economy. He stressed that the framework reflects how businesses will reopen...

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Apr 27, 2020

By Charles Binns

UPDATED April 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Update For Ontario: Temporary Pandemic Pay For Frontline Workers

  On April 25, 2020, the government of Ontario announced a temporary four dollar per hour pay raise for front line workers. In addition, emplo...

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Apr 16, 2020

By Charles Binns

COVID-19 UPDATE for Ontario – Important Regulations under the EMCPA

  Although there has been a flurry of legislation passed since this all began a month ago (stay tuned for our “Month in Review” Bl...

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