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Category: Employment & Severance

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…

J’ai été congédié de façon injustifiée. Que faire 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…

I have been laid-off, can I sue 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…

My employment was terminated without cause. Now what?

April 30th, 2020 in Employment & Severance

Work is one of the most fundamental aspects in a person’s life, providing the individual with a means of financial support and, as importantly, a contributory role in society. A person’s employment is an essential component of his or her…

Employee rights: Premier says sick days shouldn’t be paid

October 15th, 2018 in Employment & Severance

Doug Ford says employers can’t afford to pay employees for sick days. Critics say the Ontario Premier is treading on employee rights and workplace protections. Ford is aiming to blackball the former Liberal government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act which…

Employee rights: Charity ordered to pay employee vacation pay

October 9th, 2018 in Employment & Severance

The registered charity, Outward Bound, has been bound by a Ministry of Labour decision to pay a former employee $500 vacation pay. The Ontario charity violated the former instructor’s employee rights when the company failed to keep records of his…

Wal-Mart ordered to pay dismissed employee $750,000

May 16th, 2018 in Employment & Severance

A senior Wal-Mart manager was awarded $750,000 because she was terminated without cause after 10 months of effectively being “benched”. The case in question is Galea v. Wal-Mart (2017 ONSC 245). Ms. Galea was hired as a District Manager and…

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