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Why Asking Your Employee to “Go Clubbing” Could Cost You

By , September 19, 2017 11:36 am

Most employers understand that sexual harassment at work is against the law. Despite this, sexual harassment is still pervasive in Ontario workplaces. Where managers and employers can get into trouble is the area of sexual solicitation. The Human Rights Code states that employees have the right to be free from advances in the workplace from those able Continue Reading…

The Confusing and Unsettled Law Relating to Employee Medical Notes

By , September 12, 2017 10:00 am

A proposed change to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (“the Act”) contained in Bill 148 states that an employer shall not require an employee to provide a medical note from a qualified health practitioner (as defined in the Act) as evidence of a sickness if the employee claims a paid sick day under the Act. However, Continue Reading…

You Can Run but You Can’t Hide: More Changes to Ontario’s Employment Laws

By , August 22, 2017 11:12 am

The dog days of summer are coming to an end but the government keeps making changes to Ontario’s employment laws. The unrelenting increased regulation of Ontario’s Workplaces This summer, the Ontario government has been holding hearings on its proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) which are contained in Bill 48. I suspect many Continue Reading…

How to Spot a Resignation

By , July 31, 2017 10:16 am

Contrary to popular belief, it is not always easy to know when someone has resigned. Even if an employee uses words such as “I quit,” a court may still find that the employee has not truly resigned. An employer in Alberta learned this lesson the hard way.  Carroll v Purcee Industrial Controls Ltd. (“PIC”)  Mr. Carroll worked for Continue Reading…

Can my organization implement a drug testing policy at the workplace?

By , July 24, 2017 10:24 am

If you’ve been following the news over the last few months, you know that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the union’s injunction against the TTC’s random drug and alcohol testing policy. More recently, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the termination of an employee who was terminated for violating his employer’s Continue Reading…

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