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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

By Cristina Tomaino

“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

By Cristina Tomaino

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

By Cristina Tomaino

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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Jun 28, 2018

Good News for Employers as Court of Appeal Chastises Lower Court for Finding Ambiguity in Termination Clause Where None Existed

As we know, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision in 2016, Oudin v. Centre Francophone de Toronto, where a termination provisio...

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Jun 21, 2018

By Susan Crawford

What’s Old is New Again - Changes to Holiday Pay Calculation in Ontario for Canada Day and Beyond

In what would turn out to be the Liberal Government’s swan song, and amid widespread criticism from the business community, the controversial...

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Jun 7, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

Just Cause Allegations Must Be Righteous, Or Else! Court Awards $125,000 In Extraordinary Damages For False Claims Of Just Cause

In May the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario released its decision in Ruston v. Keddco Mfg. (2011) Ltd..  While the award of 19.5 months&r...

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Jun 6, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

IMPORTANT: Employer Obligations in June 7, 2018 Provincial Election

Many employers may be unaware that they have obligations to their employees in respect of the upcoming June 7, 2018 provincial election.  Obli...

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May 10, 2018

Pay Transparency Legislation Gets the Green Light

Back in March we blogged on the Ontario Government’s announcement of a strategy on pay transparency called “Then Now Next: Ontario&rsqu...

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May 8, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

Breaking News: Break for Employers on Holiday Pay

Yesterday the Ontario government announced that it would undertake a review of the Public Holiday System under Part X of the Employment Standards...

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Mar 29, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

Equal Pay for Equal Work: It’s No April Fool’s Joke and Could Cost You If You Aren’t Ready

As we all know, the majority of the sweeping legislative changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) and to the Labour Relati...

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