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Canada Labour Code: Can an Employer Claim Layoff for an Employee Returning from Illness/Injury?

Canada Labour Code: Can an Employer Claim Layoff for an Employee Returning from Illness/Injury?

March 21, 2018 | No Comments

The Canada Labour Code (The Code) applies to employees working within federally regulated industries. This includes industries such as telecommunications, forestry, mining, air transport and more. Under The Code, employers can only terminate an employee … Read More

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Are Domestic Workers Hired by Householders Employees?

Are Domestic Workers Hired by Householders Employees?

March 16, 2018 | No Comments

Domestic workers are individuals hired in a private household by householders to assist and/or supervise individuals such as children, elderly, disabled persons, or provide housekeeping services. Householders include individuals that own or rent a house. … Read More

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Personal Emergency Leave Time In Ontario – Clarifying Ambiguities

Personal Emergency Leave Time In Ontario – Clarifying Ambiguities

March 14, 2018 | No Comments

Under the Employment Standards Act (2000) in Ontario, employees are entitled to 10 Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) days. This is not new; however, as of January 2018, employers must provide payment for the initial first … Read More

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Duty to Mitigate and Human Rights Violations

Duty to Mitigate and Human Rights Violations

March 14, 2018 | No Comments

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, employees that are dismissed as a result of discrimination still have a duty to mitigate losses. Damages will partly be awarded as earnings lost based upon the time needed … Read More

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Human Rights Law and Pregnancy

March 13, 2018 | No Comments

Under human rights law, pregnancy is a protected ground of discrimination under sex/gender. This means that an employer cannot legally terminate an employee because they are pregnant. However, this does not mean that a pregnant … Read More

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Legally Required Workplace Postings

Legally Required Workplace Postings

March 5, 2018 | No Comments

The workplace in Ontario is governed by many pieces of legislation. Without a Human Resource department dedicated to ensuring the workplace is in compliance with all regulations, employers run a risk of violating some simple … Read More

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Refusal of Unsafe Work: An Abusive Supervisor

Refusal of Unsafe Work: An Abusive Supervisor

March 2, 2018 | No Comments

Under health and safety legislation, employees have the right to refuse unsafe work. Unsafe work includes many aspects of the workplace, such as equipment, building structure, any dangers not typical to the job, and workplace … Read More

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What Are Your Rights When it Comes to Severe Contract Restraint?

February 27, 2018 | No Comments

Question: I am a registered nurse. My employer has created a contract restraint stating I must repay $50,000 if I leave before 5 years and each year of employment the amount to repay will decrease … Read More

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Human Rights Law and Recruitment Practices: Does this apply to recruitment agencies?

Human Rights Law and Recruitment Practices: Does this apply to recruitment agencies?

February 27, 2018 | No Comments

Hiring practices that have a discriminatory effect upon protected grounds under the human rights law are prohibited. Protected grounds include, but are not limited to, gender, family status, religion, creed, race and so forth. The … Read More

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Severance Pay: Reasonable Notice and Minimum Statutory Notice

Severance Pay: Reasonable Notice and Minimum Statutory Notice

February 27, 2018 | No Comments

Minimum Entitlement Under Law The amount of severance pay an employee is owed when dismissed without misconduct varies between common law (judge-made law) and employment law. Employment legislation provides about a week of notice or … Read More

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