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Category: Employee benefit

Significant Changes to Employment Standards Coming to Ontario

By , June 2, 2017 8:36 am

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced legislation to amend Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (the “Act”), builds on the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report which was released on May 23, 2017 after two years of consultations, including with our law firm. Continue Reading…

Changes to Parental Leave: What You Need to Know  

By , April 25, 2017 8:00 am

Background Congratulations, you’re planning a family! If you or your partner is pregnant, or you are thinking about becoming a parent, you are probably wondering what maternity leave, pregnancy leave and parental leave mean and how your employment may be affected. The Federal government has also proposed significant changes which may increase your rights. This article explores Continue Reading…

Is Failing to Pay a $329K bonus Constructive Dismissal?

By , March 24, 2017 9:09 am

In a recent decision, Chapman v. GPM Investment Management, the Court of Appeal for Ontario (ONCA) said no. Facts In this case, the employee’s contract provided for a bonus to be calculated on the company’s pre-tax income. Prior to the employee starting his position, the employer, GPM, purchased some land as an investment.  GPM made Continue Reading…

Is My Termination Clause Good?

By , March 6, 2017 9:34 am

A termination clause in an employment contract states how much notice of termination an employer is required to provide an employee. The employer can provide working notice of termination or pay instead of working notice, but almost all employers provide termination pay instead of working notice. A termination clause that is poorly written will not Continue Reading…

The Danger of Termination Clauses

By , January 31, 2017 9:09 am

As we have written about in the past, termination clauses limit employee rights. The difference in what an employee receives when terminated can vary significantly between a contract with a termination clause, and one without. See here to learn more. Despite the important role these clauses play, the law interpreting them continues to be in Continue Reading…

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