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May 9, 2013

The Right to be Reinstated after Maternity/Parental Leave not Guaranteed Under the Canada Labour Code

In a previous post we advised provincial employers how to navigate return-to-work issues under the Employment Standards Act following maternity/par...

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May 2, 2013

New Occupational Health and Safety Act Initiatives

There are two important updates on Occupational Health and Safety for this year: 1)       Safety Blitz Schedule ...

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Apr 18, 2013

By Susan Crawford

Why Every Employer Should Use Employment Agreements

As trusted advisors to employers, we are often called upon when a non-union employee is about to be dismissed without cause to give advice on what ...

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Apr 4, 2013

By Kelsey Orth

Written Notice of Termination for Employees off Work still Satisfies ESA Requirements

A recent decision of Arbitrator Randy Levinson found that the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) does not require an employer to pa...

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Mar 21, 2013

Minister of Labour Re-tables Leave Act

Three New Job-Related Leaves Expected to be Passed in Short Order On March 5, 2013, Bill 21: The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help...

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Jan 3, 2013

Ontario Court determines that plain meaning of Contractual Language is best indicator of Parties' Intentions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently confirmed that the plain meaning of language in employment contracts will likely be relied on by the...

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Dec 6, 2012

By Mike MacLellan

Rarely-Used Penalty Invoked to Land Company Director in Jail for Unpaid Wages

If the Ministry of Labour gives you an Order, you had better comply. That’s the message employers should be taking from the example of Steven...

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Aug 9, 2012

AODA Update: Ontario Government recently publishes Integrated Accessibility Standards Guidelines that will impact Ontario Workplaces

The Ontario Government has recently released its “Guide to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations” (“IAS”) in J...

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Jan 19, 2012

By Susan Crawford

2011 In Review – A Look Back at the Cases and Legislative Changes that Impacted Your Workplace

2011 saw a number of important decisions and legislative changes in the area of labour and employment law.    Over the course of the...

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Dec 15, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Minister of Labour Introduces Job-Protected Family Caregiver Leave

On December 8, 2011 the Minister of Labour introduced legislation that, if passed, will grant employees in Ontario with up to eight (8) weeks of un...

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Sep 2, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Liberal Government Proposes New Family Caregiver Leave

As part of the Liberal election platform, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act th...

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Aug 11, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Ontario Superior Court Provides Employers with Important Reminders Regarding Just Cause – Employer Ordered to Pay $25,000 Despite Proving Common Law “Just Cause” for Termination

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision provides employers with some reminders regarding the dismissal of employees for cause. The deci...

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Apr 19, 2011

By Susan Crawford

Amendments to the Employment Standards Act via the Open for Business Act will be a refreshing change for Ontario Employers

Bill 68, the Open for Business Act, was passed October 25, 2010 and will come into force on a day to be named by royal proclamation. Schedule 9 of ...

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