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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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Deadline to File a Human Rights Complaint

Deadline to File a Human Rights Complaint

May 10, 2018 | No Comments

In Ontario, individuals that feel they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of a protected ground under the Human Rights Code may file an application for an order to the Human Rights Tribunal … Read More

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Ontario Government Announces Plan for Pay Transparency

Ontario Government Announces Plan for Pay Transparency

May 9, 2018 | No Comments

In addition to the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, the Ontario government has just announced its plans to implement further changes. The government is seeking to improve pay transparency, most notably in attempts to close … Read More

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Termination Clauses: Contracting out of Common Law Notice

Termination Clauses: Contracting out of Common Law Notice

April 26, 2018 | No Comments

Within an employment context, an employer can usually end employment without there being misconduct by the employee by providing notice or payment equal to earnings throughout the notice period. Under the Employment Standards Act, an … Read More

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Separating Misconduct from Discriminatory Grounds of Illness/Disability

Separating Misconduct from Discriminatory Grounds of Illness/Disability

April 18, 2018 | No Comments

Human Rights law protects individuals in a workplace setting from being discriminated against on the basis of illness/disability. This applies whether the policy or practice overtly discriminates against an employee or has an unintentional discriminatory … Read More

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Employer Provided a Negative Employment Reference-Is It Defamation?

Employer Provided a Negative Employment Reference-Is It Defamation?

April 10, 2018 | No Comments

A reference from a past employer can turn out to be the determining factor of whether a candidate lands a job he/she strongly desires. It is a way for recruiters to gain insights into potential … Read More

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Does Freedom From Discrimination in Employment Only Apply within An Employee’s Own Workplace?

Does Freedom From Discrimination in Employment Only Apply within An Employee’s Own Workplace?

April 5, 2018 | No Comments

Under human rights law, every person has a right to be free from discrimination on the basis of prohibited grounds. These grounds often include race, gender, sex, creed, religion, age, illness, disability family status, and … Read More

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New Equal Pay Provisions under Ontario Employment Law

New Equal Pay Provisions under Ontario Employment Law

April 3, 2018 | No Comments

The law in Ontario regarding “equal pay for equal work” protections was recently changed, resulting in important implications for both employees and employers. What’s the New Law? As of April 1, 2018, employers must pay … Read More

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