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Ending Fixed Term Contracts: Is a typical severance package sufficient

October 2, 2017 | No Comments

In the case of Howard v. Benson (2016), the Ontario Court of Appeals cleared up any uncertainty regarding employers ending fixed-term employment contracts prematurely. In the case, the court ruled that fixed-term employment contracts require … Read More

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Serving Alcohol At Workplace Events: Employer Liabilities

Serving Alcohol At Workplace Events: Employer Liabilities

October 1, 2017 | No Comments

It is not uncommon for employers to sponsor or hold workplace events with alcohol being served. An example may be a Christmas party either held at the workplace or at an event hall. Employers must … Read More

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How Does an Employer Legally Alter an Existing Employment Contract?

How Does an Employer Legally Alter an Existing Employment Contract?

September 29, 2017 | No Comments

Unilateral changes to an employee’s contract are not legally binding. In the event that an employee would dispute such a change, there is a good change the employee will be successful. As an employer, however, … Read More

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I am being bullied at work by my boss. What do I do?

I am being bullied at work by my boss. What do I do?

September 26, 2017 | No Comments

Question: I am being bullied at work by my boss. What do I do?  She yells at me daily. She has asked me things like; can you read? Are you deaf? Are you dyslexic? Do you … Read More

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The Importance of Knowing Whether A Fiduciary Relationship Exists

The Importance of Knowing Whether A Fiduciary Relationship Exists

September 25, 2017 | No Comments

For employees, a fiduciary relationship exists where the employee is in a position to cause the employer damage due to the duties of employment. This is not limited to senior managers or executive – a … Read More

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What is Ethnic Discrimination in the Workplace?

September 18, 2017 | No Comments

Ethnic discrimination occurs when an employee is treated different than his or her colleagues based on their ethnicity in a manner that is unfair. A person’s ethnicity refers to the national, cultural or religious group(s) … Read More

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How to Deal With Workplace Violence

How to Deal With Workplace Violence

September 18, 2017 | No Comments

It is exceedingly important that businesses have clear policies and procedures in place to address workplace violence, which comply with the statutes that govern workplace violence – including the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.  … Read More

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Can attending a white supremacist rally be grounds for dismissal?

Can attending a white supremacist rally be grounds for dismissal?

September 11, 2017 | No Comments

After several attendees of last month’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., were outed on social media and then quickly fired, Canadian employers are asking, “Can attending a white supremacist rally be grounds for dismissal?” … Read More

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Terminated without notice: are discretionary bonuses part of the severance package?

August 15, 2017 | No Comments

Bonuses may make up a significant portion of pay for executives, senior managers, and other high skilled employees. Upon termination of the employment relation, notice or pay in lieu is meant to place an individual … Read More

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When is a non-solicitation clause not enough?

When is a non-solicitation clause not enough?

August 11, 2017 | No Comments

Non-solicitation clauses prohibit an employee from actively pursuing clients of the employer when the employment relation has ended. To be enforceable, the clause must have a time limit that is reasonable. Spatial limitation (or a … Read More

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