COVID-19 UPDATE

Category: Employment & Severance

Conflicting Decisions Create Confusion for Employees and Employers When it Comes to Layoffs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 22nd, 2021 in Employment & Severance

As more and more Canadians get vaccinated, we have begun to see the effects of the pandemic slowly fading. Businesses are starting to operate again and employees are finally getting back to the office. In fact, some employees who were purportedly “temporarily laid off” during the pandemic are now being recalled to work. As we […]

Temporary Lay-Offs Deemed Constructive Dismissal in Recent Superior Court Ruling

May 12th, 2021 in Employment & Severance

Overview As the pandemic continues to persist throughout Canada and with increasing restrictions being implemented by the Ontario government, more and more employers and employees are forced to reconsider their rights and legal obligations. The amendments made to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (“ESA”) by the Ontario government on May 29, […]

Vice & Hunter LLP Helping Change the Game in Employment Law

April 3rd, 2021 in Employment & Severance

The ravages of the Court of Appeal decision in Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc. are being felt.  As mentioned in our previous blogs, this decision is impacting almost every employment contract in the province.  It is sending employers scrambling to update their employment contracts to address this new reality.  Many employees who would only […]

“Game-Changing” Case on Termination Clauses Denied Leave to Appeal

February 1st, 2021 in Employment & Severance

As we discussed in a previous blog, the decision in Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc., 2020 ONCA 391 has an impact on the enforceability of most employment contracts in Ontario. When the decision was rendered, it left many employers scrambling to properly update their employment contracts, while providing a far greater number of dismissed […]

COVID-19: 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 […]

After Being “Temporarily Laid Off”, My Date of Recall has Came and Went. What are my Options?

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 […]

New Ruling on Termination Clauses a “Game-Changer”

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 Standards Act Legislation

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 Pandemic: What Employers Should Know.

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…

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