COVID-19 UPDATE

Year: 2020

Can My Employer Force me Back to Work?

November 17th, 2020 in Employee Rights

COVID-19: Refusing to Attend the Workplace Due to COVID-19 Concerns The American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher Vernon Howard wrote that our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.  In Ontario, an employee is free to walk away from and refuse to return to work if an employer […]

COVID: Employee Law Termination Rights

October 20th, 2020 in Employment & Severance

Bruce Dickinson, the esteemed singer-songwriter, said that nothing lasts forever but the certainty of change.  While the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unknown, we can be certain that it will not last forever and, until it is resolved, we will continue to live through a period of unprecedented change.  For some, such change takes […]

Temporary Layoff and Unclear Recall Date

October 2nd, 2020 in Employment & Severance

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it many new challenges to our world, and in particular, our economy. With already limited business operations in order to abide by government restrictions and a second-wave of infections now upon us, it is likely that more Canadians will not be called back to their jobs or will now […]

Are you getting a fair severance?

August 30th, 2020 in Employment & Severance

Losing your job due to layoffs, company insolvency or other reasons may create a period of financial instability in your life. You may have the skills, experience and network to land another job fairly quickly, but in these uncertain economic times, there are no guarantees. Fortunately, the government of Ontario requires certain employers to provide […]

V&H Welcomes Victoria Lamontagne

August 12th, 2020 in V&H News

VICE & HUNTER LLP is pleased to welcome Victoria Lamontagne to the firm. In 2018, Victoria joined Vice & Hunter LLP as a summer student and proceeded to complete her articles in 2019/2020. As a student, Victoria gained valuable experience in a wide range of areas, including: employment law, wills and estate, real estate transactions, […]

New Ruling on Termination Clauses

June 22nd, 2020 in Employment & Severance

Enforceability of Termination Clauses When starting a new job, an individual is usually required to sign an employment agreement, which is a document that sets out the obligations of both the employee and the employer. Often times, an employment agreement…

COVID-19 Updates to Ontario Employment

June 5th, 2020 in Employment & Severance

Overview On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government announced critical changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). The amendments allow an employer to unilaterally reduce an employee’s wages or hours of work without necessarily invoking the ESA’s notice and…

Workplace Safety Amidst Covid-19

May 13th, 2020 in Employment & Severance

During the global Covid-19 pandemic, employers must carefully manage their responsibilities for workplace health and safety. In Ontario, employers are required to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act to protect their workers from a hazardous workplace. A hazardous…

J’ai été licencié à tort. Et maintenant?

May 8th, 2020 in Employment & Severance

Le travail est l’un des aspects les plus fondamentaux de la vie d’une personne, un moyen de subvenir à ses besoins financiers et, ce qui est tout aussi important, de jouer un rôle utile dans la société. L’emploi est une…

Suing my employer for wrongful dismissal

April 30th, 2020 in Employment & Severance

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, businesses have been forced to consider lay-offs as a way to save money as demand for goods and services decreases. Lay-offs are a complex area of the law which is further complicated by…

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