Responding to human rights harassment complaints: Guidelines from the HRTO

Time Published on March 28, 2013

By comparing and contrasting the approach taken by two different employers in cases adjudicated before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, we can derive best practices when responding to harassment complaints.

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How NOT to Draft an Enforceable Non-Competition Agreement

Time Published on March 20, 2013

In our most recent Update, read more about our recipe for ensuring your non-competition agreements are UN-enforceable.

Tag employment law

So Your AODA Customer Service Standard Report is Past Due?

Time Published on March 15, 2013

Many organizations received a notice in early December reminding them to file their Accessibility Report, required under the AODA, Customer Service Standard.  Fail to report and you may face fines and compliance orders. Report failure and you may face fines and compliance orders.

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Announcing our Complimentary Quarterly Roundup Webinar

Time Published on March 14, 2013

We are pleased to announce the first of what will be a series of complimentary webinars providing a summary of HR law developments from the past quarter.

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New Developments in Immigration Law for Skilled Trades

Time Published on March 08, 2013

Employers should quickly take advantage of recent developments in the Federal Skilled Trades Program. A limited number of applications will be accepted each year.

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New Employment Contract Term Triggers Constructive Dismissal

Time Published on March 06, 2013

A recent decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Sabbah v. University of Ottawa, demonstrates how mistakes in presenting new employment contracts to current employees can inadvertently trigger a constructive dismissal.

Tag constructive dismissal,  employment law

Registration Now Open - Managing the Employment Lifecycle Webinar Series

Time Published on March 04, 2013

Registration is now open for this practical, five-part webinar series.

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Where WSIB Benefits Denied Civil Claim May Proceed

Time Published on February 28, 2013

Ontario's Superior Court of Justice has refused a motion to summarily dismiss an action as barred by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.


Alberta Human Rights Tribunal Awards Five Years of Back Pay and Reinstatement

Time Published on February 21, 2013

In a decision that will surely draw attention across the country, the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal has awarded an employee 5 years of back pay, $15,000 in general damages and reinstatement as result of a finding of age discrimination.

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Stringer LLP Obtains $100K Retroactive NEER Adjustment in WSIAT Appeal

Time Published on February 19, 2013

Ryan Conlin and Jeremy Schwartz of our firm have successfully appealed the WSIB’s refusal to retroactively refund nearly $100,000 in surcharges.


Ontario Court of Appeal Overturns Blue Mountain Accident Reporting Decision

Time Published on February 08, 2013

Ontario's Court of Appeal has overturned the Blue Mountain accident reporting decision.

Tag occupational health and safety

Make Sure Pre-Employment Screening is Complete Before they Start

Time Published on January 29, 2013

A recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”), Hussey v. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough Incorporated (“BBBS”), is a reminder of the importance of ensuring that any pre-employment screening is complete before an employee starts work. Although the employer in this case was ultimately cleared of any human rights violations, it cannot recover the significant time and expense invested to defend the application.

Tag employment law,  human rights

Split Hairs and Sector Disputes

Time Published on January 22, 2013

A recent decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board has just made these considerations more treacherous and the process of costing innovative construction projects more difficult.

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Early Bird Registration is now open for First Reference's Ontario Employment Law Conference

Time Published on January 17, 2013

Please join us at First Reference's 13th Annual Ontario Employment Law Conference.

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Early Morning OLRB Ruling Finds Teachers' Planned Day of Protest an Illegal Strike

Time Published on January 11, 2013

Most of us are well aware that at about 4 a.m. this morning, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) ruled that the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario’s planned, so called, political day of protest would constitute an illegal strike.

Tag constitutional law,  labour relations