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Category: Ontario employment legislation

Employer Alert: What to Do When the Ministry of Labour (MOL) Comes Calling

By , April 18, 2017 11:25 am

We often get calls from employers who are the subject of a Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) Inspection. Sometimes the employer is a target of one of the MOL’s pro-active enforcement blitzes. For information on the MOL’s 2017-2018 blitzes, click here. And sometimes an employee has called the MOL and lodged a complaint and an investigator Continue Reading…

Court of Appeal Gives Clarity to Termination Clauses

By , March 3, 2017 9:43 am

As we have written in the past, the enforceability of termination clauses is a hotly contested area of employment law. Employers who draft proper termination clauses in employment contracts can significantly limit their liability when terminating employees. A termination clause that is poorly written will not be enforced by a court. If the clause is 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…

Why Employers Are Finding It Increasingly Difficult to Comply with Ontario’s Employment Laws

By , November 8, 2016 9:20 am

Lawyers as Forest Rangers You can compare employment lawyers to forest rangers. We prevent legal fires when we, for example, draft employment contracts & legally required policies, and when we provide prophylactic advice such as pre-termination advice. We put out legal fires when we, for example, defend wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, and claims Continue Reading…

Can I layoff an employee?

By , July 14, 2016 8:43 am

Ontario’s Employment Standards Act has a definition of a ‘temporary lay-off’ and provides when a “temporary lay-off” becomes a termination. Some of you may be surprised to learn that just because a layoff is defined as temporary by the Employment Standards Act, it can still amount to a constructive dismissal at law. One employer recently Continue Reading…

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