Turning over a new leave: ESA amendments introduce new, significant categories of leaves


Time Published on March 16, 2015

2014 saw the introduction of three new leaves protected under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). These new leaves can result in significant absences from the workplace, which will create new human resources challenges for employers. Professionals engaged in workforce management and HR must be aware of these new obligations to employees in order to avoid accidental breaches of the ESA.

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Allison Taylor to present OBA webinar: Pregnant Employees: The Risks of Reproduction


Time Published on February 20, 2015

Allison Taylor will present this insightful webinar through the Ontario Bar Association on March 12.

Tag employment law,  employment standards,  human rights

Federally Regulated Employees do not have Just Cause Protection


Time Published on February 18, 2015

A recent decision of Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has provided clarity to a decades-long debate as to whether non-unionized, federally regulated employees can be terminated without cause.

Tag employment standards,  wrongful dismissal litigation

New Year’s Hangover: The Curious Case of the 27 Paycheque Year


Time Published on January 07, 2015

2015 brings with it a payroll oddity that only arises once every 13 years: 27 bi-weekly payroll periods.

Tag employment law,  employment standards

Class Action Employment Lawsuit Filed Against Canadian Hockey League


Time Published on October 20, 2014

A freshly filed class action lawsuit combines two current trends in employment litigation: a crackdown on unpaid positions and enforcement by class action.

Tag class actions,  employment law,  employment standards,  labour law

Internship Enforcement Update


Time Published on October 08, 2014

 In the second quarter of 2014, the Ministry of Labour conducted an enforcement “blitz,” targeting companies in several sectors with intern programs to determine if those programs were being operated in a manner consistent with the Employment Standards Act. Out of 56 businesses in the GTA inspected during the blitz, 37 compliance orders were issued.

Tag employment law,  employment standards

Bank of Nova Scotia Overtime Class-Action Settles Out of Court


Time Published on August 27, 2014

The recent settlement of this overtime class action lawsuit, and the complexity and scope of retroactive liability, highlights the folly in the head in the sand approach.

Tag class actions,  employment law,  employment standards

What is the next step in AODA compliance?


Time Published on May 26, 2014

The AODA Employment Standard deadlines are not as far away as they may seem.

Tag aoda,  employment law,  employment standards,  human rights

Workers can Simultaneously Receive WSIB LOE Benefits and ESA Termination Pay


Time Published on April 24, 2014

WSIAT recently held that a worker's loss of earnings benefits under the workers' compensation plan may not be offset by statutory pay in lieu of notice.

Tag employment law,  employment standards,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Review Court Bars Wrongful Dismissal Claim Post-ESA Claim


Time Published on October 28, 2013

Ontario’s Divisional Court has overturned a lower court decision, finding instead that an employee could not pursue a wrongful dismissal action after prosecuting an employment standards complaint.

Tag employment standards,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Ontario Ministry of Labour blitz of the retail industry – Are you ESA compliant?


Time Published on October 08, 2013

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (the “Ministry”) has announced a blitz of the retail industry for compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). The blitz will run from October through to December 2013.

 

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Register Now for our 27th Annual Employers' Conference, Labour & Employment Law Update 2013


Time Published on August 20, 2013

Registration Now Open!

Tag aoda,  constructive dismissal,  employment law,  employment standards,  human rights,  labour relations,  occupational health and safety,  privacy,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Announcing our Complimentary Quarterly HR-Law Webinar (Q2)


Time Published on June 17, 2013

Our first quarterly, HR-Law Webinar was a great success, with over 150 registrants.  Thank you to those who joined us and those who contributed by providing insightful questions.  We are pleased to announce our second, complimentary webinar.

Tag employment law,  employment standards,  immigration,  occupational health and safety

Specific Termination Provision Upheld After Sale of Business


Time Published on May 08, 2013

A recent Ontario court decision highlights the value of written employment contracts.

Tag employment law,  employment standards,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Director sentenced to jail time for failure to pay wages under the ESA


Time Published on November 19, 2012

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Justice sentenced the director of six Ontario companies, Steven Blondin, to 90 days in jail for failing to pay wages to employees.

Tag employment law,  employment standards