Making the Workplace an Accessible Place: One Obligation At a Time

By , February 24, 2015 4:12 am

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, 2005, (the “AODA”), is a statute aimed at developing, implementing and enforcing standards that promote accessibility for people with disabilities in Ontario. This law is being phased-in over 20 years. The AODA has the potential to improve many Canadian’s lives but it faces one major problem: lack of compliance. Continue Reading…

Turning the Page and Upping the Wage: Some Changes to the Employment Standards Act

By , February 10, 2015 12:40 am

Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 received Royal Assent last year but certain sections did not take effect immediately. Schedule 2 of Bill 18 sets out amendments to the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”). This blog summarizes some of these legislative changes as they will take effect chronologically in 2015. Continue Reading…

The Cost Of Terminating an Employee Who Has Recently Returned to Work Following a Pregnancy Leave

By , January 27, 2015 10:09 am

Pregnant employees have special rights under the Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code. And most judges are sympathetic to the problems that women face when they return to work following a pregnancy leave. A recent case is a good example of what not to do when an employee returns to work following a Continue Reading…

How to Prevent A Poisoned Work Environment: Navigating the Grey Zone

By , January 27, 2015 9:05 am

With the upsurge of technology, there is more opportunity for our interactions to be broadcast and misinterpreted. Many employees have cell phones and some employers and employees communicate via text message. In today’s workplace, the dynamic between employers and employees is also increasingly informal. Jokes are passed around. No hard feelings, right? Wrong. One “light-hearted” Continue Reading…

Yet Another Reason Not to Use Fixed-Term Contracts

By , January 23, 2015 10:33 am

I do not like fixed-term contracts. In my experience, a contract of indefinite employment with a termination clause is a better option for an employer in almost every situation. This blog summarizes a recent case which reinforces my negative views on fixed-term contracts. The Facts The employer entered into a one year fixed term contract with a Continue Reading…

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