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Damages for Reprisal under Occupational Health and Safety Act

By , January 20, 2017 2:25 pm

It should be common knowledge that changes were made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“the OHSA”) that have been in effect since September 8, 2016 (and if it’s not common knowledge, you haven’t been reading our previous blogs on the subject). One of these changes allows employees who have been sexually harassed at Continue Reading…

Wrongful Dismissal Update: The Number of Damage Claims Being Awarded By Trial Judges are Going Up

By , January 17, 2017 8:45 am

Once upon a time, employees did not sign employment contracts with termination clauses and employment lawyers fought over the appropriate “reasonable” notice period.  In 2017, employees now often claim, among other things, wrongful dismissal damages, human rights damages, moral or Wallace damages, punitive damages, and damages for the intentional infliction of mental stress. By way Continue Reading…

Fixed Term Employment Contracts Still A Bad Idea

By , January 11, 2017 3:07 pm

We’ve written before on how fixed term employment contracts are not a good idea. A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirms the law on this point so far, and serves as yet another lesson to employers considering offering such a contract to temporary employees. Ballim v Bausch & Lomb Canada Inc. Continue Reading…

Childbearing and Elderly Caring: How to respond to requests for family status accommodation

By , January 3, 2017 9:07 am

Because of changes in demographics and other reasons, employees are increasingly asking for changed work schedules or time off work to care for children and elderly parents. Depending on the size of the business and the employee’s duties these requests can create real problems. As a result, employers often ask us whether a request for Continue Reading…

TOP 10 EMPLOYMENT LAW STORIES OF 2016

By , December 6, 2016 10:40 am

The last page has turned on the calendar for 2016 so it is time for my top 10 employment law stories for the year. 1. Sexual harassment. The fallout from the Jian Ghomeshi saga continues. An adjudicator under the Code awarded $ 150 000 in damages to an employee who had been sexually harassed/assaulted (Click Continue Reading…

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