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Jul 9, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Proposed Bill Presuming WSIB Coverage for COVID-19 Claims Quietly Passed First Reading

The Ontario government is somewhat quietly considering just the latest in a long line of legislative amendments aimed at addressing the consequence...

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May 28, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Who is Responsible for This?! Ontario puts Legal Obligations on Persons Responsible for Workplaces Open during COVID-19

Workplace health and safety legislation in all of Canada’s jurisdictions place obligations on employers to take reasonable steps to preserve ...

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Apr 1, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

UPDATE COVID-19: Federal Government Announces New Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy for Employers – NOW WITH MORE (but not all) DETAILS

Last week the government of Canada announced that it will offer a wage subsidy of up to 75% for qualifying businesses, backdated to March 15, 2020....

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Mar 31, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

UPDATE (kind of) COVID-19: Federal Government Announces New Wage Subsidy for Employers

Last week the government of Canada announced that it will offer a wage subsidy of up to 75% for qualifying businesses, backdated to March 15, 20...

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Mar 16, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDES UPDATE ON COVID-19: IMPACT ON EMPLOYERS

Earlier today the government of Ontario provided an outline of its plan to help control the spread of COVID-19 through the province’s workpla...

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Mar 13, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

COVID-19: Get the Employers’ Edge Over 2019 Novel Coronavirus

UPDATED MARCH 13, 2020 Employers owe legal obligations to their clients, customers, the public, and of course their employees.  At the same ti...

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Mar 9, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

COVID-19: Get the Employers’ Edge Over 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Employers owe legal obligations to their clients, customers, the public, and of course their employees.  At the same time, employers also ha...

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Feb 5, 2020

By Mike MacLellan

Sexual Assault is NOT “Lower End” Harassment, and the Labour Arbitrator Who Said Otherwise Was Wrong.

I for one would have thought it would be pretty obvious, but it actually took the matter going all the way to the Alberta Court of Appeal to quash ...

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Nov 14, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

“Freeze”. It describes not just this week’s weather, but also what’s happening to public sector salaries under Bill 124.

In June 2019 the Employers’ Edge Blog examined Ontario Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 ...

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Oct 3, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

Take a Break: Court of Appeal Rules that Employee’s Rescinded Resignation Still Interrupted Length of Employment

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a trial decision and found that when an employee resigned from employment, only to rescind the resignati...

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Jul 11, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

The Only Thing Certain Was The Outcome: Human Rights Tribunal Finds Employer Discriminated Based On Family Status, But Does Not Apply Either Competing “Test”

Employers have a responsibility to accommodate employees’ family status obligations up to a point of undue hardship.  The Human Rights T...

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Jun 13, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

Let’s Make a Deal…Unless the Law Won’t Allow It! Ontario Court of Appeal Reiterates that Employers Cannot Contract Out of the Employment Standards Act

Here are two things I want you to know before you even start reading this blog: Subsection 5(1) of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (&ldqu...

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May 9, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

Purported Franchisor gets Taken to the Cleaners: Supreme Court of Canada Rules that Independent Contractor was In Fact an Employee

Once in a while I speak with a new client about their employment law obligations, and they inform me that they don’t have any employees. ...

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Apr 4, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

Bill 66 Passes in Ontario Legislature - It Turns Out the Sky is Not Falling After All

The Ontario government has passed Bill 66, known as Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019.  It is an omnibus bill making amendme...

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Feb 28, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

It’s OPEN Season in the Construction Industry – Tips for Employers to Avoid the Pitfalls of the 2019 “Open Period”

Ontario’s construction industry has a two-month “open period” every three years, where trade unions will attempt to raid each oth...

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Jan 24, 2019

By Mike MacLellan

Ontario’s Court of Appeal Refuses to Reinstate Jail Sentence in Occupational Health and Safety Case

Back in 2017, CCPartners blogged about a Summary Appeal decision in which a sentence of a $500,000 corporate fine and jail sentences for the two di...

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Dec 20, 2018

By Mike MacLellan

Bill-148 Style Changes Now Coming to Federal Workplace Legislation: An Overview of Bill C-86

Now that we’re all acquainted with the changes to Ontario’s labour and employment legislation brought by Liberals under Bill 14...

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Nov 15, 2018

By Mike MacLellan

Get Outta Here! Ontario Court Confirms it has no Jurisdiction over Dispute arising from Collective Agreement

A decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirmed a long-standing legal principle that is at the foundation of labour law: the courts...

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Oct 18, 2018

By Mike MacLellan

Leave it Alone: Ontario Court Dismisses Three Claims by Employee in Respect of her Maternity Leave

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has recently released a decision in which it rejected an employee’s claim that her employer breached it...

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Sep 6, 2018

By Mike MacLellan

That’s Great! Arbitrator decides that new PEL provisions do not apply in light of “Greater Right or Benefit”.

In 2018 the former Liberal provincial government passed Bill-148 into law, changing an array of legislation on which workplaces were run.  One...

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