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Fixed-term Contracts: What Happens When They End?

By , January 13, 2015 10:43 am

 In a recent decision, an employee attempted to prove that he had a five-year fixed term contract with his employer.  While the court ultimately found that he did not, the decision highlights the important differences between indefinite and fixed-term contracts. These differences are especially significant to you as an employee if you are terminated. Indefinite Continue Reading…

Angelina Jolie and Transgender Rights

By , January 13, 2015 9:03 am

Recently, it was reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s child who was assigned female gender at birth has been wearing traditionally male attire and has requested to be called John (see here). While John may face societal pressures and obstacles, in Ontario at least, he will be protected by law in his employment, accommodation, Continue Reading…

Increasing Reporting Rates and Preventing Sexual Harassment in Canada

By , November 28, 2014 10:04 am

The prevalence of sexual harassment in Canada has been a hot topic of discussion since the Jian Ghomeshi story broke. There has also been significant analysis on why those who experience sexual harassment do not report it. Missing from this conversation, however, are suggestions on how to reduce harassment and increase the reporting rate. As Continue Reading…

Bill 18: How will the Employment Law Changes Affect You?

By , November 24, 2014 10:41 am

On February 20, 2015, several significant employment law changes will take effect that will benefit employees. Some of these include indexing the minimum wage and expanding the definition of a worker under the health and safety legislation. See here for more details. Of all of the changes included in Bill 18, we are particularly interested Continue Reading…

Breach of Privacy: Why Spying On Your Ex (or anyone else) Will Cost You

By , November 21, 2014 11:13 am

In 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal established greater protections for privacy.  In the case Jones v. Tsige, the Court established the new tort of intrusion upon seclusion. In that case, an employee of the Bank of Montreal, Tsige, accessed the personal financial records of her ex-husband’s new girlfriend (Jones) on at least 174 occasions. Continue Reading…

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