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Dec 8, 2022

By Mike MacLellan

BREAKING: B.C. Court of Appeal Rules CERB NOT Deducted from Wrongful Dismissal Damages

For the first time, an appeals court in Canada has ruled on what had previously been an uncertain and controversial legal principle – whether...

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Nov 24, 2022

Baby, it’s Still COVID Outside: Workplace Holiday Party Tips as We Move Out of the Pandemic

As we continue to return to in-person meetings and events, workplaces can once again look forward to hosting and attending in-person holiday partie...

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Nov 17, 2022

Federal Government Releases Final CLC Regulations Requiring 10 Days of Paid Sick Leave

On November 7, 2022 the Government of Canada released Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Labour Code (Medical Leave wit...

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Oct 13, 2022

Municipal Elections 2022: What are my Obligations as an Employer?

October 24, 2022, is the day for regular municipal elections in Ontario. With the day fast approaching, now is the time for employers to turn their...

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Oct 6, 2022

By Jacob Love

Employee Not Constructively Dismissed When Placed on Leave of Absence for Violating Mandatory Vaccination Policy Says BC Court

In a welcomed decision for employers, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled that placing a worker on an unpaid leave of absence for faili...

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Sep 15, 2022

Everybody Loves Raymond: Favourable Decision by Arbitrator Raymond Finds Three-dose Vaccination Policy to be Reasonable

Recently, we saw an arbitrator strike down a two-dose vaccination  policies (FCA Canada Inc. v Unifor, Locals 195, 444, 1285, 2022 CanLII 5291...

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Jul 28, 2022

By Kelsey Orth

Q: Who Was That Unmasked Man? A: Just a Guy Who Quit - Alberta Court Rejects Claim of Constructive Dismissal for Employee Placed on Unpaid Leave for Refusing to Mask

As you know from following our blog, we have been tracking the various adjudicative decisions – whether from the courts, tribunals or arbitra...

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Jul 21, 2022

Arbitrator Upholds Creed-Based Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The steady stream of COVID-19 vaccination continues to flow, with an Arbitrator in Ontario recently breaking with convention and finding a creed-ba...

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Jun 30, 2022

Arbitrator Rules Employer’s Two-Dose COVID Vaccine Requirement Not Reasonable (Anymore…)

In what appears to be a significant departure from recent arbitral decisions, an employer’s COVID-19 vaccination policy has been deemed unrea...

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Jun 24, 2022

Federal Government Announces Suspension of Vaccine Mandates for Some Federally Regulated Workplaces: What Does This Mean for Your Business?

On the heels of the Federal government’s recent announcement to suspend vaccination requirements for domestic and outbound travel, federally ...

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May 26, 2022

By Mike MacLellan

Provincial Election 2022: What Employers Need to Know

Last year, ahead of the federal election, the Employers’ Edge blog featured an article about employers’ obligations to employees pursua...

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May 19, 2022

By Kelsey Orth

The Taylor Appeal: No Clarity from Court of Appeal on Question of Intersection of ESA and Common Law Rights Under the IDEL Amendments

In 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly changed the lives of many employers and employees. During this time period, employers needed to ...

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May 12, 2022

Proposed Federal Budget Would Increase Paid Leave Entitlements Under the Canada Labour Code

On December 17, 2021 the federal government passed Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code. Once it comes into effec...

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May 5, 2022

Does a Dismissal During the COVID-19 Pandemic Always Extend Notice Periods?

According to recent case law, employment professionals might argue that terminating someone’s employment during the COVID-19 pandemic will au...

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Apr 28, 2022

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right: Cautionary Tale for Employers Delivered by Ontario Court of Appeal in Sexual Harassment Dismissal Case

Two wrongs don’t make a right.  That is the message from the Ontario Court of Appeal in its recent decision in Render v ThyssenKrupp Ele...

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Apr 14, 2022

Ontario Government Passes the Working for Workers Act, 2022 With Important Changes for Employers

On Monday, April 11, 2022 Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022 (the ”Act”) received Royal Assent and came into force. The Act is ...

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Apr 7, 2022

By Kelsey Orth

What to do with Unvaccinated Employees Currently Out of the Workplace in the Changing Landscape of the Coronavirus?

Given the change in the public health guidelines and rules around vaccination, employers have many questions right now surrounding their options, o...

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Jan 19, 2022

A Complete Rundown of COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Decisions in Ontario

Updated: July 20, 2023 As courts and arbitrators continue to answer the burning questions around the enforceability of COVID19 vaccination policies...

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Jan 13, 2022


Recently, we have been blogging on decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccination policies. You can find our latest blogs on these decisions here, here a...

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Jan 5, 2022


No one could have anticipated at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, 2020 that it would so profoundly affect the workplace for the balanc...

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