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Jun 8, 2023

By Kelsey Orth

Changes to Temporary Help Agency Licensing Requirements: A Comprehensive Overview

As you may have read in this space before, the Ontario government passed Bill 27 back in 2021. The Working for Workers Act, 2021 – not to be ...

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Sep 29, 2022

By Mike MacLellan

Ontario Gets a New Minimum Wage on October 1

On October 1, 2022 the lowest allowable hourly rate for most employees in Ontario will increase from $15.00 to $15.50. That’s the headline.&n...

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Jun 7, 2021


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

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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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Jul 30, 2020

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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Jul 15, 2020

New Federal Workplace Harassment Prevention Regulations Published

On June 24, 2020 the Federal Government published the final version of the Bill C-65 Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations under...

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May 20, 2020

By Jay Rider

COVID-19 Provincial Update: Recalling Essential Workers as Ontario Enters Phase 1 of Re-Opening

If you missed both of our webinars last week (access all broadcasts here), we focussed on what comes next: as we enter Phase 1 of the re-opening in...

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Apr 2, 2020

“Get to the Working Overtime Part!”: Ontario Court Rules against Employer in Class Action for Unpaid Overtime

After over a decade of litigation, an Ontario court has ruled that the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) breached its overtim...

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Sep 26, 2019

By Kelsey Orth

IMPORTANT: Employer Obligations in October 21 Federal Election

Many employers may be unaware that they have obligations to their employees in respect of the upcoming October 21, 2019 federal election, in terms ...

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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 14, 2019

Ontario Labour Relations Board Confirms Threshold for Severance Pay Limited to Ontario Payroll

As many of our regular readers likely know, section 64 the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) provides that employees with five (5)...

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Nov 1, 2018

Bill 148 and Bill 47: Understanding the Changing Landscape of Labour and Employment Law in Ontario

In our blog immediately following the Ford government’s announcement of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act we outlined the notable prop...

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Oct 23, 2018

By Susan Crawford

BREAKING NEWS: Making Ontario Open for Business Act

  The Ford government’s newly proposed Making Ontario Open for Business Act would repeal a substantial number of amendments made by Bill...

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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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Oct 11, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

There is No “OT” in NOTICE – Court of Appeal agrees with Motions Judge that Employees not Expected to Look for Work in Their Sleep when Working Notice Provided

As you may know, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) has specific provisions governing an employee’s minimum entitlements ...

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Oct 4, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

Good News For Employers (May Be On The Way)!

As rare as the use of that headline may be, we are cautiously optimistic that Premier Ford’s announcement yesterday that “Bill 148 will...

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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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Jul 12, 2018

Arbitrator holds that Floater Days are not a Greater Right or Benefit in light of new PEL Rules

A recent labour arbitration decision has determined that the three paid floater days provided in a collective agreement did not constitute a greate...

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