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Terminated casino dealer twice lucky in court

Mike Majewski’s profane outburst at his co-worker John Maracle was not sufficient cause for termination on its own or as a cumulative event, Ontario’s Small Claims Court recently decided—for the second time.

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SCC constitutionalizes the right to strike for unionized employees

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In a surprising move, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned its own precedent and found that the right to strike was protected under the Charter.

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Hot tips for summer student workplace supervision, safety and success!

This is the first summer that Ontario employers have new liability and responsibility to summer students who are with them in unpaid co-op or internships.  The Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage expanded to unpaid co-op students and learners in work placements, effective November 20, 2014. For employers, this means that unpaid summer co-op students […]

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Avoiding liability pitfalls when dismissing short service employees

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All too often short service employees are overlooked in terms of an employer’s potential liability. After all, such workers can often be dismissed with minimal severance and without great fear of litigation. However…

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A brief review of the Mayo Moran legislative review of the AODA

The Mayo Moran Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is both a welcome and timely document as it reflects the progressive goal of inclusion within business and social culture.

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Turning over a new leave: ESA amendments introduce new, significant categories of leaves

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2014 saw the introduction of three new leaves protected under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”).  These new leaves can result in significant absences from the workplace, which will create new human resources challenges for employers.  Professionals engaged in workforce management and HR must be aware of these new obligations to employees in order to avoid accidental breaches of the ESA.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the importance of carefully crafting employment agreement; an employer’s offensive, distasteful and inappropriate’ motivational presentation; and, OHS worker fatality.

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‘Obey now, grieve later’ principle applies to management

In recent unreported arbitration decision, the arbitrator confirmed that an “obey now, grieve later” rule applies to management in some cases.

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CIC begins issuing work permits to applicants under the spouse or common law partner class

On December 22, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced a one-year pilot program to issue open work permits to applicants under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class before they have received approval in principle.

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Update on Express Entry

Since Express Entry began on January 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) has issued four rounds of Invitations to Apply (“ITAs”). However, the total number of ITAs being issued is still relatively small. Also, even though the last round included ITAs issued to applicants having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score of 735, this is still too high for an applicant who does not have arranged employment or a nomination certificate issued under a PNP Express Entry stream.

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Quitting because of intolerable working conditions

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An employee has the right to quit and claim damages for constructive dismissal if an employer’s treatment of the employee was so bad that it makes continued employment intolerable.

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The Ontario Employment Law Conference is better than ever

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Early Bird Registration Now Open: 16th Annual Employment Law Conference. Come and learn the latest!

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Termination of benefits for employees over 65

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The number of workers over the age of 65 has risen significantly in recent years. The increasing number of older employees who are choosing to remain in the workplace, combined with the (near) elimination of mandatory retirement, has raised many considerations that employers have not previously addressed.

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Contract or gratuitous promise: the need for consideration

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Employment lawyers spend a lot of time assessing whether contracts of employment are enforceable or not. The first thing that I check, when I review a contract of employment, is the date. What I’m attempting to determine is whether the contract was signed before or after there was already a verbal agreement in place.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with overtime in British Columbia; fixed term contracts; and, the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.

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