A wrongful dismissal time warp – When is two years really six?

Time Published on December 24, 2019 User Stringer LLP

Thankfully, the Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that employees cannot await the conclusion of criminal proceedings to judge the strength of their wrongful dismissal claim before commencing a lawsuit against their former employers.

Tag employment law

Immigration Issues in M&A Transactions

Time Published on November 01, 2019 User Stringer LLP

When immigration issues in M & A transactions are flagged promptly, timely steps can usually be taken to avoid potentially serious consequences.

Tag employment law,  immigration

Tribunal Awards Four Years’ Lost Wages to Job Applicant Who Lied About Immigration Status

Time Published on September 24, 2019 User Amanda Boyce

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently awarded $101,363.16, representing four years’ lost salary, and $15,000.00 for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect to a job applicant who was denied a position after lying about his ability to work legally in Canada on a permanent basis.  

Tag employment law,  human rights,  immigration

Embracing the #MeToo Movement

Time Published on September 18, 2019 User Stringer LLP

#MeToo has quickly caught wind as a widespread movement that sheds light on the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, particularly in the workplace. As a result of the movement, society’s attitudes towards workplace sexual harassment have started to change; but, has this impacted how courts and tribunals approach sexual harassment cases?

Tag employment law,  human rights,  occupational health and safety

Register Now for our Annual Conference

Time Published on September 11, 2019 User Stringer LLP

Registration is now open for our 33rd Annual Employers' Conference.  Reserve your seat now.

Tag employment law,  labour law

Alleged Multi-Million Dollar Employee Benefits Fraud at Baycrest Hospital

Time Published on July 11, 2019 User Stringer LLP

Ryan Conlin quoted in the National Post and speaks with CTV News and 610 CKTB Radio re Multi-million dollar employee benefits fraud allegedly involving 150 Baycrest Hospital employees.

Tag employment law,  labour law

Does Human Rights Legislation Apply to Job Ads on Facebook?

Time Published on April 12, 2019 User Amanda Boyce

Technological advancements frequently outpace the law’s ability to respond to the challenges they create. With the click of a button, employers can now reach hundreds or even thousands of potential job applicants by posting advertisements on online platforms. But research suggests that this convenience is facilitating certain recruitment practices that may be discriminatory.

Tag employment law,  human rights,  labour law

Bill 66 Proposes Further Employer-Friendly Amendments to Workplace Laws

Time Published on December 10, 2018 User Stringer LLP

The Ontario government introduced Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018 on December 6, 2018. Bill 66 passed First Reading, and is set to bring about further employer-friendly amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and the Ontario Labour Relations Act (the “LRA”).

Tag construction labour relations,  employment law,  employment standards

Reporting Bad Conduct to Regulator Defamed Ex-Employee

Time Published on December 04, 2018 User Stringer LLP

The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that an employer defamed an ex-employee when the employer filed a false report with an industry regulator.

Tag employment law,  employment litigation,  wrongful dismissal litigation

The Truth Will Set You Free – A Bad Reference is Not Necessarily Defamatory

Time Published on November 12, 2018 User Stringer LLP

The Divisional Court recently upheld a trial decision finding that an employer did not defame a former employee when it gave him a bad reference.

Tag employment law,  employment litigation

Court Disregards Release where Settlement “Unconscionable”

Time Published on August 29, 2018 User Stringer LLP

The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed an employee to proceed with claims against his former employer regarding long-term disability insurance, even though he had signed a release in exchange for a severance package when his employment ended. 

Tag disability benefits,  employment law,  employment litigation,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Ontario Court of Appeal Finds Clarity in Termination Clause

Time Published on July 25, 2018 User Stringer LLP

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently overruled a decision regarding a termination clause, finding that the provision clearly and unambiguously ousted the presumption of common law reasonable notice.

Tag employment law,  employment litigation,  employment standards,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Superior Court Confirms that Employers can Fundamentally Change Employment Contracts with Reasonable Notice

Time Published on July 11, 2018 User Stringer LLP

In Lancia v. Park Dentistry, the Ontario Superior Court confirmed that employers can change the fundamental terms of an employee’s employment, without providing consideration, so long as they take appropriate steps to provide reasonable notice of the change coupled with notice that employment under current terms would terminate at the end of that notice period.

Tag employment law,  employment litigation,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Off-Duty Drunk Driving Not Just Cause for Termination – Even for a Firefighter

Time Published on June 27, 2018 User Stringer LLP

In a recent decision the British Columbia Superior Court found that an employer that terminated a firefighter for driving drunk in a fire department vehicle while off duty did not have just cause to terminate his employment.

Tag employment law,  employment litigation,  wrongful dismissal litigation

Then Now Next: Ontario Government To Introduce Pay Transparency Legislation

Time Published on March 06, 2018 User Stringer LLP

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this morning that the Ontario government would introduce new legislation aimed at increasing pay transparency as part of a broader strategy to advance women’s economic empowerment entitled “Then Now Next: Ontario’s Strategy for Women’s Economic Empowerment”.

Tag employment law,  human rights