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New Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act in Effect January 2019

June 14, 2018 | No Comments

Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act, 2018 will become effective on January 1, 2019.  The law will apply to all provincially-regulated employers in Ontario and create the following new rules: All employers’ publicly advertised job postings must … Read More

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Freight Forwarding Companies: Federal or Provincial Employment Regulation?

June 13, 2018 | No Comments

Companies offering strictly freight-forwarding services on a national basis serve to organize shipment countrywide by using modes of transportation that are not owned by the company themselves. Such companies simply coordinate the shipments of their … Read More

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Mistakes to Avoid When Providing a Severance

Mistakes to Avoid When Providing a Severance

June 8, 2018 | No Comments

It is important to avoid mistakes when administering a severance, as it may lead to further damages or compensation if challenged. When dismissing an employee for anything other than misconduct, employers owe at a minimum … Read More

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Election Day: Workplace and Voting Rights in Ontario

Election Day: Workplace and Voting Rights in Ontario

June 6, 2018 | No Comments

Voting  rights in Ontario; workers are entitled to three (3) consecutive hours for the purpose of voting at polling stations. These three (3) hours must fall between the hours of operation of the polling station … Read More

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Is it Permissible to Contract Out of the Canada Labour Code’s Adjudication Process?

June 6, 2018 | No Comments

Under the Canada Labour Code (CLC), federally regulated employers cannot terminate an employee with 12 months or more of continuous service without just cause resulting from misconduct unless termination is due to a work slowdown … Read More

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Was I Under Duress When Signing My Employment Agreement?

May 30, 2018 | No Comments

Under common law, employment agreements signed under duress will be void. This is favourable to employees, as upon separation employees may be entitled to larger severance packages than initially created by the terms of the … Read More

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The Importance of Workplace Investigations for Alleged Misconduct

The Importance of Workplace Investigations for Alleged Misconduct

May 25, 2018 | No Comments

When faced with a workplace allegation of misconduct, it is imperative for employers to investigate before reacting to such allegations. Employers should be prepared to question all those involved, and then allow the accused individual(s) … Read More

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When Can an Employer Demote an Employee?

When Can an Employer Demote an Employee?

May 22, 2018 | No Comments

Under common law, an employee can seek damages for constructive dismissal if an essential term of his/her employment is unilaterally changed by the employer. This may include key responsibilities, status, and/or compensation. There is, however, … Read More

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Overtime Payment in Ontario: Salaried Employees

May 17, 2018 | No Comments

In Ontario, non-managerial/non-supervisory roles are subject to overtime pay provisions in most cases as per the Employment Standards Act (2000). In Ontario, overtime payment is owed for hours worked in excess of 44 per week. … Read More

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Break Times in Ontario Workplaces

Break Times in Ontario Workplaces

May 17, 2018 | No Comments

In Ontario, the Employment Standards Act (ESA) provides most employees with one 30 minute meal break for every 5 hours of work. This meal break must be uninterrupted and does not have to be paid. … Read More

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