Landon Young
Ryan Conlin
Date: Jun 02, 2020

In this webinar, Ryan Conlin and Landon Young provided guidance for employers on how to respond to the legal challenges created by the reopening process.

The Webinar addressed addressed:

  • An overview of the government safety guidelines and what they mean legally
  • How to assess whether a precaution is “reasonable”
  • How to deal with work refusals and avoid reprisal claims
  • Family status and medical leave accommodation issues
  • How to respond to constructive dismissal claims Temperature checks and other thorny privacy issues
Ryan Conlin
Landon Young
Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Apr 16, 2020

Canadian employers have been confronted with a veritable ocean of new government programs, which are designed to help weather the Corona virus storm.  However, the tides keep shifting and the government has provided little guidance on how these programs interact with each other. There is considerable confusion in the business community about how to access the badly needed relief.

The lawyers of Stringer LLP have been in the trenches assisting our clients with accessing these constantly evolving programs, and to manage change and reductions while steering clear of the rocks.  If you haven't done so already, bookmark our COVID-19 Resources tab, where we have been providing regular updates and helpful links.

Ryan Conlin
Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Mar 27, 2020

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The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.  Not since H1N1 and SARS before that, have employers faced such a fundamental challenge.  It is not too late to put plans and policies in place to manage the impact on your organization.

This session will discuss:

  • How employment standards, health and safety, human rights and other regulatory requirements apply to a pandemic;
  • Strategies for managing attendance and remote work;
  • "Essential services" and work refusals under occupational health and safety legislation;
  • WSIB's recently released guideance on COVID-19;
  • Managing the risk of constructive dismissal when implementing alterations to schedules and compensation, as well as implementing temporary layoffs;
  • How to use Work Share and Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plans to support employees and avoid claims of constructive dismissal; and
  • Practical guidance for creating a pandemic response plan, amending policies as necessary, and communicating effectively with employees.
Ryan Conlin
Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Feb 28, 2020

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (the "Board") has issued a landmark decision which clears the path for Foodora couriers to unionize. The decision represents the first substantial application of decades of Board jurisprudence to the 'Gig Economy'. Lessons may be drawn from the decision for all businesses - app-based and brick-and-mortar.

On Feburary 28, 2020, Jeremy Schwartz and Ryan Conlin discussed:

  • Who has the right to unionize under the law?

  • Development of the intermediate category of "dependent contractor" and how the Board has treated earlier cases

  • The Foodora decision and why it came down to many traditional factors with an app-based-twist

  • Impact of employment status findings in other human resources law areas, such as workers' compensation, employment standards and even immigration, in Ontario and in other jurisdictions

  • Practical advice for all businesses with "independent contractor" models

Ryan Conlin
Jeremy Schwartz
Erika Montisano
Date: Jan 20, 2020

During this edition of Stringer LLP's complimentary Quarterly HR-Law Webinar series, broadcast on Monday, January 20, 2020, Ryan Conlin, Jeremy Schwartz and Erika Montisano discussed the following HR-Law topics:

  • Does the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) bar lawsuits against employers for employment related stress?
  • Are bonuses and stock options included in the calculation of reasonable notice of termination?
  • Employers' right to enforce agreed-upon hours of work.
  • When can an occupational health and safety charge be dismissed for delay?
Date: Dec 19, 2019

Happy Holidays from all of us at Stringer LLP.

In lieu of sending greeting cards, we've made donations to Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services, Save the Children Canada, and Yonge Street Mission.

Ryan Conlin
Naseem Malik
Frank Portman
Date: Oct 17, 2018

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use will have a profound impact on workplaces across the country.  This Webinar examines the legal challenges that Canadian organizations will face in responding to this new reality.

Ryan Conlin
Date: May 02, 2018

"A Lawyer's Perspective on Pot in the Workplace" - Ryan Conlin speaks to CBC Radio on Here and Now Toronto 

Stringer
Date: Dec 20, 2017

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year, from all of us at Stringer LLP.

Frank Portman
Date: Jan 24, 2017

Frank discusses how to best ensure you may rely on disciplinary records to prove just cause

Amanda Boyce
Date: Jan 24, 2017

Amanda discusses the law on bonus eligibility during the reasonable notice period

Frank Portman
Date: Jan 24, 2017

Frank discusses a recent landmark decision from the Supreme Court regarding a new test for stays of prosecutions for unconstitutional delay

Allison Taylor
Date: Jan 24, 2017

Allison discusses the difference between a valid and invalid resignation

Date: Dec 21, 2016

Jeff Murray discusses social host liability for employers.

Subject Area: Employment Law
Date: Dec 21, 2016

Frank Portman discusses occupational health and safety regulations, as applicable to employer social events.

Date: Dec 21, 2016

Jeremy Schwartz discusses how to avoid and address workplace sexual harassment.

Date: Dec 21, 2016

Allison Taylor discusses progressive discipline and termination for employee misconduct.

Date: Dec 21, 2016

Amanda Boyce discusses accommodation obligations for non-Christian observers.

Date: Jul 19, 2016

Landon Young discusses how to avoid the fixed term contract trap.

Subject Area: Employment Law
Date: Jul 19, 2016

Frank Portman discusses a recent case in which the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a trial decision and substituted a finding of just cause.

Subject Area: Employment Law
Date: Jul 19, 2016

Jeremy Schwartz discusses a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that upheld a landmark retroactive loss of earnings award from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Subject Area: Human Rights
Date: Jul 19, 2016

Jeff Murray discusses a recent Alberta Court of Queens Bench decision that overturned an arbitration panel's finding that Suncor's random drug and alcohol testing policy was unenforceable.

Date: Jul 19, 2016

Frank Portman discusses a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision which greatly increased the scope of general and other damages awarded in a wrongful dismissal action.

Date: Feb 04, 2016

Health and safety lawyers Ryan Conlin and Frank Portman will dissect the various proceedings which have flowed from the Metron saga.  Five different prosecutions, against five very different individuals and corporations, have now concluded, and have resulted in a significant ripple effect through health and safety law.

Date: Dec 18, 2015

Happy holidays from your team at Stringer LLP.

Ryan Conlin
Date: Jul 22, 2015

Ryan Conlin discusses significant planned changes to Ontario's workers' compensation experience rating system.

Subject Area: Workers' Compensation
Jessica Young
Date: Jul 22, 2015

Jessica Young discusses a recent record setting human rights damages award.

Subject Area: Human Rights
Jeffrey Murray
Date: Jul 22, 2015

Jeff Murray discussed recent labour arbitration decisions pertaining to employee vices.

Subject Area: Labour Relations
Landon Young
Date: Jul 22, 2015

Landon Young discusses recent case law on the enforceability of ESA termination provisions.

Subject Area: Employment Law
Frank Portman
Date: Apr 21, 2015

Frank Portman discusses the implications of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that the right to strike is protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Subject Area: Labour Relations
Jessica Young
Date: Apr 21, 2015

Jessica Young explains the inherent risks associated with "encouraging" employees to retire.

Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Apr 21, 2015

Jeremy Schwartz compares the results of two termination grievances arising out of racist and misogynistic tweets.

Allison Taylor
Date: Apr 21, 2015

Allison Taylor explains the unfavourable result of a recent judicial review decision in Alberta concerning family status discrimination.

Subject Area: Human Rights
Landon Young
Date: Jan 21, 2015

Landon Young provides draws on recent, wrongful dismissal caselaw to provide guidance to employers considering whether to terminate an employee for just cause.

Ryan Conlin
Date: Jan 21, 2015

Ryan Conlin summarizes and comments upon the significant amendments Bill 18 has effected to Ontario's Employment Standards Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Labour Relations Act

Jessica Young
Date: Jan 21, 2015

Jessica Young discusses the new protected leaves of absence under Ontario's Employment Standards Act

Subject Area: Employment Standards
Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Jan 21, 2015

Jeremy Schwartz discusses the disturbing trend of employees forum shopping in human rights matters, and a recent HRTO decision which may signal an end to the slide down a slippery slope

Frank Portman
Date: Jan 21, 2015

Frank Portman explains two recent, landmark decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada, which may significantly restrain governments from crafting labour legislation not strictly following the "Wagner" model.

Date: Dec 15, 2014

Best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year, from all of us at Stringer LLP.

Ryan Conlin
Date: Oct 14, 2014

Ryan Conlin discusses recent changes to the WSIB return to work

Jeff Murray
Date: Oct 14, 2014

Jeff Murray discusses a recent landmark contract decision from the Supreme Court of Canada

Frank Portman
Date: Oct 14, 2014

Frank Portman discusses a recent, significant decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario concerning remedies and mental illness in the workplace.

Subject Area: Human Rights
Jessica Young
Date: Oct 14, 2014

Jessica Young discusses recent enforcement activities under the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Jeff Murray
Date: Jul 23, 2014

Jeff Murray discusses the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision concerning the closure of a Wal-Mart store after it unionized.

Subject Area: Labour Relations
Date: Jul 23, 2014

Frank Portman discusses a recent, watershed decision by Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal concerning the constitutionality of restrictions on benefit claims for mental stress disabilities.

Subject Area: Workers' Compensation
Jeremy
Date: Jul 23, 2014

Jeremy Schwartz discusses the recent certification of a class action against an employer, for the alleged privacy breaches committed by its employee.

Allison
Date: Jul 23, 2014

Allison Taylor discusses the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision which outlined a new, balanced test for family status discrimination claims.

Ryan Conlin
Frank Portman
Date: Jun 25, 2014

Ryan Conlin and Frank Portman discuss the disturbing trend of increasingly large general damages awards in human rights litigation.

Ryan Conlin
Jeremy Schwartz
Date: May 29, 2014

Ryan Conlin and Jeremy Schwartz discuss a landmark WSIAT decision which held sections of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act unconstitutional, the potential fallout and strategies for managing workplace stress claims (and possibly certain wrongful dismissal claims) going forward.

Ryan Conlin
Date: Apr 22, 2014

Ryan Conlin of Stringer LLP discusses recent jurisprudence concerning random drug and alcohol testing in Canada (post-Irving).

Jessica Young
Date: Apr 22, 2014

Jessica Young of Stringer LLP discusses changes to Ontario's Building Code arising out of AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)

Subject Area: Employment Standards
Frank Portman
Date: Apr 22, 2014

Frank Portman of Stringer LLP discusses the perils of using interns

Subject Area: Employment Standards
Date: Apr 22, 2014

Landon Young discusses a recent wrongful dismissal class action lawsuit and the potential impact on employment litigation

Ryan Conlin
Date: Jan 21, 2014

Ryan Conlin discusses the potentially watershed decision in R. v. Roofing Medics, in which the court commented that more personal defendants in health and safety prosecutions should face jail sentences.

Allison Taylor
Date: Jan 21, 2014

Allison Taylor discusses recent decisions from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario suggesting a disturbing trend in that tribunal permitting cases to proceed which had already been litigated in a workers' compensation forum

Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Jan 21, 2014

Jeremy Schwartz discusses recent punitive damages awards in Ontario

Vivianne Ponce
Date: Jan 21, 2014

Vivianne Ponce discusses new OHS awareness training requirements in Ontario

Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Oct 12, 2013

This is segment 5 of 5 from our Q3 webinar held on Thursday, October 10, "Risks Associated with Reducing Post-Retirement Benefits"

Subject Area: Employment Law
Ryan Conlin
Date: Oct 12, 2013

This is segment 4 of 5 from our Q3 webinar held on Thursday, October 10, "Implications of the Ontario Court of Appeal Sentencing Decision in Metron Construction"

Jeremy Schwartz
Date: Oct 12, 2013

This is segment 3 of 5 from our Q3 webinar held on Thursday, October 10, "Breach of Confidentiality Clauses in Settlements"

Allison Taylor
Date: Oct 12, 2013

This is segment 2 of 5 from our Q3 webinar held on Thursday, October 10, "Recent Developments in Summary Judgement Motions"

Jessica
Date: Oct 12, 2013

This is segment 1 of 5 from our Q3 webinar held on Thursday, October 10, "Upcoming AODA Obligations – What You Need to Know for January 1, 2014"