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Year: 2017

BIG EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES IN ONTARIO DUE TO BILL 148, THE FAIR WORKPLACES, BETTER JOBS ACT, 2017

December 28th, 2017 in Employment & Severance

On November 27, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which received Royal Assent. Bill 148 makes significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). Certain amendments are already in force,…

Expropriation and Compensation When Land is Taken Part II

December 22nd, 2017 in Municipal Law

Property owners can be entitled to compensation as the LRT project continues to progress. As the Light Rail Transportation (“LRT”) comes to Ottawa, private owners and businesses are being displaced. Some residents and businesses received expropriation notices, and for others,…

Expropriation and Compensation When Land is Taken

December 15th, 2017 in Municipal Law

Property owners can be entitled to compensation as the LRT project continues to progress As the Light Rail Transportation (“LRT”) comes to Ottawa, private owners and businesses are being displaced. Some residents and businesses received expropriation notices, and for others,…

Ontario employment contracts: The good and not so good

December 6th, 2017 in Employment Contracts

Contracts are becoming more mainstream in the working world. Employment contracts in Ontario define exactly what an employee’s position entails and stipulate for how long. Contract work can be highly lucrative, yet many people still seek out permanent positions rather than…

Postmedia-Torstar deal means wrongful dismissal suits likely to follow

November 29th, 2017 in Employment & Severance

This week, Torstar Corp. and Postmedia Network Inc. announced their deal to sell newspapers to one another to reduce competition and monopolize advertising revenue. As a result of this deal, Postmedia announced it will cutting 244 jobs and is shutting…

Failure to comply with Employment Standards Act minimum requirements is fatal to employers

November 22nd, 2017 in Employment & Severance

Employment contracts set out the terms of employment and an employee’s obligations. Included in the employment contract is usually a clause that sets out what happens when the employment relationship ends, and this clause is often the most litigated. When…

Ontario municipal law could be affected by legal pot

November 21st, 2017 in Municipal Law

Municipalities are still trying to process how legalized pot will play out in their jurisdictions. Ontario municipal law could be affected by what the province proposes regarding the sale of cannabis. One of the regulations includes the age at which…

Wrongful termination in Ontario may be a cause to whine

October 12th, 2017 in Wrongful Termination

Having a glass or two of wine to unwind is something most people enjoy on occasion. But when that happens during a work day in Ontario, there could be consequences. But depending upon the situation, being dismissed from a job…

Getting fired for cause could still spell wrongful termination

September 20th, 2017 in Wrongful Termination

If you get what is called “downsized” from your job, you probably have been terminated without cause. In such a case an Ontario employer doesn’t need to tell an employee why he or she has been let go. Summary dismissal,…

Dismissed Employee Entitled to $50,000 in Punitive Damages

September 14th, 2017 in Employment & Severance

When someone loses their job, it is not hard to imagine they experience a range of emotions, including pain and distress. However, the courts in Ontario have been clear that these feelings are a natural result of being terminated and…

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