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Nov 25, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Information Overload! How Should Employers Handle Medical Information in a Pandemic?

I am writing this blog on November 25, 2020.  Christmas is one month away.  Access to an effective COVID-19 vaccine is … well cert...

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Nov 19, 2020

By Kelsey Orth


When it comes to termination of employment and wrongful dismissal, the case law in recent years has, to put it mildly, not generally favoured emplo...

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Nov 13, 2020


Ontario is making changes to its colour-coded COVID-19 system and putting several regions into the red "control" zone which has more severe restric...

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Nov 12, 2020

On Duty with Diapers: Supreme Court of Canada Finds an Employer Policy Providing Fewer Pension Benefits to Women with Childcare Obligations is Discriminatory

In Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28 (“Fraser”), the Supreme Court of Canada put the interpretation of the right to equa...

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Nov 4, 2020

Ontario Releases New, More Targeted, COVID-19 Municipality Category System

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a new classification system for local public health units beginning Saturday November 7, at 12:01am. Toronto wi...

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Oct 28, 2020

There’s No Place Like Home: Remote Work in the Post-Pandemic Era

Given that COVID-19 cases in Ontario are consistently hovering around 800 new cases per day – it is understandably difficult to imagine a fut...

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Oct 22, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Racist Outburst at Work Resulted in Just Cause Termination of 23 Year Union Member

A labour arbitrator has found that a White employee’s use of anti-Black racial slurs gave the employer just cause to terminate employment, an...

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Oct 13, 2020

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Damages Award for Loss of Incentive Plan Payout: Matthews v Ocean Nutrition Ltd

The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released an important decision in Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited, reiterating that empl...

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Oct 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Three of Ontario’s COVID-19 Hotspots Reverting to “Modified” Stage 2

On the heels of the highest-ever daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario on Friday, October 9, 2020 – 939 new cases – the Provinc...

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Oct 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Introduction of New Restrictions Affecting Ontario Employers

As a follow-up to the recent introduction of mandatory screening procedures required by Ontario employers (which can be reviewed in our recent blog...

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Oct 7, 2020

The Wheel of Perpetual Uncertainty Continues to Spin in the World of Common Law Reasonable Notice

Termination clauses and common law reasonable notice are two aspects of Employment Law that employers continually encounter challenges with masteri...

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Oct 1, 2020

What’s next after CERB? Transitioning to Simplified EI and New Benefits

On August 20, 2020, the Federal Government announced that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) would be extended for an addit...

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Sep 28, 2020

COVID-19 ALERT: New Mandatory Screening Procedures for Ontario Employers

On Friday, September 25, 2020, the Government of Ontario amended O. Reg 364/20, effective Saturday, September 26, 2020. This Regulation sets out th...

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Sep 24, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Look Into It: New Rules for Workplace Investigations Under the Canada Labour Code

Back in July CCPartners published an article on our Employers’ Edge blog about the passage of Bill C-65.  That Bill introduced new Regul...

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Sep 20, 2020


Normal business administration can easily get lost in the hustle and bustle of a pandemic, but employers need to be aware that legislated increases...

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Sep 16, 2020

By Susan Crawford

Arbitrator Finds Employer’s Blanket Policy Requiring all Employees who Cross US Border to Self-Isolate Unreasonable

In a recent Ontario arbitration decision, Arbitrator Jesin considered the reasonableness of Algoma Steel’s policy to require all employees wh...

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Sep 10, 2020

By Kelsey Orth

Grievor Puts the “X” in “Ex-Employee”: Termination from Job at CRA Upheld by Federal Arbitration Panel

As many employers know, just cause is a difficult standard to meet, regardless of the jurisdiction under which you fall, or the forum in which the ...

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Sep 4, 2020

BREAKING: Ontario Extends Freeze on ESA Termination and Temporary Layoff Provisions

On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government published O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the ...

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Sep 3, 2020

Masking the Problem: Perspectives on Employee Refusal to Wear a Mask at Work

Employers have a legal obligation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the common law to create and maintain a safe work environment. T...

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Aug 27, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Don’t Get Schooled: Know How to Address Requests for Leaves and Accommodation in this COVID-19 School Year

CCPartners has published a number of blogs recently regarding workplace law challenges created by COVID-19 and the public health measures taken to ...

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