Category: Employment Standards

Employer Alert: Payroll Costs in Ontario are Going Up (Again) on April 1, 2018.

By , March 20, 2018 9:10 am

Who Should Read this Blog If you use a temporary help agency or hire casual or part-time employees then you should read this article. Because starting next month there is a change to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”)  that could increase your payroll costs. Equal pay for equal work takes effect on April Continue Reading…

The Latest on the Legality of Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

By , February 20, 2018 9:18 am

In 2013, the issue of whether an employer can unilaterally implement random drug testing was addressed by the Supreme Court of Canada. Bottom line: there are very few instances when random drug testing will be permitted. This blog summarizes a recent arbitration award where a union challenged an employer’s random drug testing policy at a coal mine. Continue Reading…

Lessons about Termination Clauses

By , February 14, 2018 10:23 am

As we have written before, termination clauses may have a significant effect on how much money you receive if you are terminated. Many termination clauses attempt to limit the termination and severance pay an employee will receive. Throughout 2017, we saw several decisions from Ontario judges which decided termination clauses were not enforceable. In these Continue Reading…

Recent Changes to the Employment Standards Act – Part I

By , February 5, 2018 10:00 am

Trying to learn and apply the many recent changes to the Employment Standards Act to your workplace can be a daunting task. We are trying to make the process less intimidating by introducing the changes to you a few at a time. This blog discusses five of the many changes that were made to Ontario’s Continue Reading…

What does “failing to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker” mean?

By , January 19, 2018 10:03 am

When the Ministry of Labour lays charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) after a workplace injury it often includes a charge under section 25(2)(h) of OHSA which states that an employer is required to “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker”. A recent case, Ontario (Labour) v. Continue Reading…

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