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Dec 12, 2013

By Kelsey Orth

Ability to Pay, Proper Comparators Key to Interest Arbitration Decision under HLDAA

Interest arbitration under the Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act (“HLDAA”) is a process designed to address outstanding issues w...

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Dec 10, 2013

Proposed Bill 146 Significantly Impacts Employers

Bill 146, titled “Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013” was introduced and carried through first reading of the Ontario...

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Dec 9, 2013

By Jay Rider

Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Employer But What Your Employer Must Do for You!

This is the message being sent to the labour relations community by arbitrator Lyle Kanee in a very recent award (re Communications, Energy and Pap...

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Nov 21, 2013

By Susan Crawford

’Tis the Season - What Employers Need to Know Before Hosting Holiday Parties

Hosting a holiday party for your employees is a great way to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. However, holiday parties that get ...

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Oct 31, 2013

Wrongful Dismissal Leads to Human Rights Damages

For the first time, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has awarded human rights related damages in relation to a wrongful dismissal action. The ...

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Sep 26, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

Family Caregivers Bill-21 Passes Second Reading in Ontario Legislature

On September 25, 2013, Bill-21 passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature.  The Bill, known as An Act to amend the Employment Standards ...

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Aug 15, 2013

By Susan Crawford

Federal Court Says Employer Need Not Prove “Just Cause” Before Dismissing an Employee under s.240 of the Canada Labour Code

In what is being hailed throughout the labour community as a “game changing” decision, the Federal Court  recently broke with a 30...

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Aug 1, 2013

Pregnant Waitress Reluctant to Wear Tight Fitting Uniform Awarded nearly $20,000.00

Facts Ashley McKenna began working for the sports bar Local Heroes Stittsville in March of 2011.  In July of 2011 Ms. McKenna became pregnant....

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Jul 25, 2013

Changes to WHMIS Requirements on the Horizon?

Currently our Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) sets out the requirements for protecting workers from potentially hazardous ...

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Jul 11, 2013

Arbitrator Determines that Accommodation Does Not Require Hiring Additional Staff to Perform Work of Disabled Employee

The recent arbitral decision in Hamilton Health Sciences v. Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2013 CanLII 36061 (ON LA) deals with the limits of r...

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Jun 6, 2013

By Susan Crawford

Short Service Employees May Not Truly be “Probationary”

We often hear clients talk about their “probationary employees”.  More times than not, however, we have to deliver the bad news th...

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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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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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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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Mar 14, 2013

Court of Appeal Provides Direction on the Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that non-competition and non-solicitation covenants were unreasonable and went beyond the sc...

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Feb 21, 2013

Employers Must Accommodate Employees with Family Obligations, Federal Court Rules

In what could prove to be a landmark decision, the Federal Court recently upheld a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision which held that the Cana...

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Feb 14, 2013

Pension Fund Crisis in Canada Averted? Supreme Court of Canada Releases Decision in Indalex

Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers represents the most recent example of the growing number of clashes over pension security, the resu...

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Jan 31, 2013

By Kelsey Orth

New Accessibility Toolkit Available for Employers Dealing with AODA's Integrated Accessibility Standard

As all employers (should) know, the employment aspects of Ontario’s Integrated Accessibility Standard will start to take effect for large pub...

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