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Jun 24, 2021

By Kelsey Orth

ONTARIO: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME…UNLESS YOU ARE CALCULATING ESA SEVERANCE PAY!

In a decision that seems – at first blush – counterintuitive, Ontario’s Divisional Court recently decided that the severance prov...

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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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Jun 8, 2021

British Columbia Court Rules CERB Payments Deductible in Damage Calculations for Constructive Dismissal

Following Iriotakis v. Peninsula Employment Services Limited, 2021 ONSC 998, a decision we wrote about in March, the Supreme Court of British Colum...

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Jun 7, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: ONTARIO EXTENDS INFECTIOUS DISEASE EMERGENCY LEAVE

The government of Ontario has passed a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) extending the Infectious Disease Eme...

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Jun 3, 2021

Stay-At-Home Order Expired but Restrictions Still Apply

On June 2, 2021 Ontario’s Stay-At-Home order expired, signaling a small beacon of hope to the end of the pandemic for a province facing sever...

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Jun 3, 2021

By Jay Rider

NO PROOF (OF VACCINATION) NO PAY – ARBITRATOR CONFIRMS EMPLOYER’S RIGHT TO PLACE EMPLOYEE ON UNPAID LEAVE PENDING PROOF OF VACCINATION FOLLOWING WORKPLACE EXPOSURE

An Alberta arbitrator recently determined that the Alberta Health Services (AHS) was not in violation of the law when it held a nurse out of work w...

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Jun 1, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

ONTARIO MANDATES VACCINATION AND VACCINE POLICIES IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

Ontario announced on May 31, 2021 that staff at long-term-care homes across Ontario will have to either prove they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine,...

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May 5, 2021

By Kelsey Orth

ANALYZING THE 3 Rs (and an A) OF THE ENDING OF EMPLOYMENT: RESIGNATION, REPUDIATION, ‘RONGFUL DISMISSAL…AND ABANDONMENT

While not all employment relationships end as badly as the title of this article, they all, eventually, end.  Where the employer makes the cho...

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Apr 30, 2021

NEW COVID-19 LEGISLATION: A BREAKDOWN OF ONTARIO’S NEW PAID INFECTIOUS DISEASE EMERGENCY LEAVE

As a follow-up to our recent blog that we released earlier this week, Ontario’s new legislation, Bill 284, COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act...

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Apr 28, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: ONTARIO TO INTRODUCE PAID COVID-19 LEAVE

Paid Leave The Ontario government has announced that they will introduce legislation that would, if passed, require employers to provide employees ...

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Apr 21, 2021

Stricter Orders from Peel Public Health Include Mandatory Workplace Shutdowns

On April 20, 2021 Peel Public Health announced a new Order pursuant to section 22(5.0.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, RSO 1990, c H....

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Apr 19, 2021

By Mike MacLellan

COVID-19: Non-Essential Construction is Shut Down…Again (But What Does That Really Mean?)

In reaction to a spiking third wave of COVID-19 cases across the province, the Ontario government has implemented new emergency orders, this time i...

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Apr 16, 2021

By Cristina Tomaino

BREAKING: Ontario Announces New Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge

Ontario is well into the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and our collective hopes for a relatively normal summer are growing dimmer by the day....

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Apr 7, 2021

By Cristina Tomaino

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal “Unmasks” Unsubstantiated Discrimination Allegations and Delivers Common-Sense Decision on Masking Policies

A very recent screening decision out of British Columbia provides some welcome reassurance to businesses attempting to enforce masking requirements...

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Apr 7, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: ONTARIO IMPLEMENTING ANOTHER STAY-AT-HOME-ORDER

The Ontario government is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Ac...

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Apr 1, 2021

By Cristina Tomaino

COVID-19 Shutdown: Ontario Implements a Province-wide Emergency Brake on Community Transmission

As we are all unfortunately well-aware, COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise and intensive care units across the province are, once again, tee...

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Mar 31, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

UBER’S FLEXIBLE WORK+ PROGRAM: INNOVATIVE IDEA OR DECEPTIVE DESIGN?

The saga between new-aged delivery drivers and their app-based governing bodies continues, now in the form of Uber’s new Flexible Work+ progr...

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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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Mar 4, 2021

By Arjun Dhir

Ontario Superior Court Offers Further Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on Reasonable Notice Entitlements

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision, acts as a successor to the earlier Yee v Hudson’s Bay Company, 2021 ONSC 387 decision that we wrote...

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Feb 17, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

DISCRIMINATION AND RETALIATION: EMPLOYEE TERMINATED AFTER COMPLAINING ABOUT INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS ON HER APPEARANCE

In The Sales Associate v. Aurora Biomed Inc. and others, 2021 BCHRT 5 the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favour of a Complainant w...

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