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Victoria Day, public (statutory) holiday in Canada

In Canada, Monday, May 20, 2019, is recognized as a public (statutory) holiday known as Victoria Day, except in the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). In Quebec, the public holiday is referred to as National Patriots’ Day (Journée nationale des patriotes).

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Avoiding pitfalls in long-term disability claims

Employers often provide their employees with access to long-term disability benefits through a group benefit plan. Group benefits are an attractive incentive for employees but can result in increased risk for the employer.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with proposed OHIP changes for travel benefits, rising health benefit costs and expanding statutory leaves in Saskatchewan.

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Tips on the right way to hire employees in Ontario

Hiring a new worker can be exciting. Presumably, by the time you make the job offer, something about the candidate has impressed you and suggested this person is the one for the job.

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A reasonable expectation of privacy: The application of R v. Jarvis to the employment context

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v. Jarvis addressed the circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy. While the case directly considered whether certain recordings violated the Criminal Code, the Court’s broad analysis of when a reasonable expectation of privacy exists applies outside the criminal context, with relevance to employers.

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An Alberta UCP government – consequences for employers

n April 16, 2019, the recently formed United Conservative Party of Alberta (“UCP”) won a majority government in Alberta. This blog post provides a summary of key positions the UCP adopted during their campaign that will affect employers and the workplace.

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Immigration consequences of Canadian criminal offences

When criminal lawyers represent their clients, they may not always consider the immigration implications of the case. However, unless their client is a Canadian citizen, many criminal offences will have potentially adverse consequences. A brief discussion of immigration consequences arising from Canadian criminal offences is provided below.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with changes to employment standards in British Columbia, a class action lawsuit against RBC/Aviva and proposed workplace harassment and violence prevention regulations.

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Fired by a robot!

We have truly reached an age where people and robots are working together and where robots are effectively performing an HR function. HR, unlike a self-checkout or an assembly line robot, is something we normally think of as a soft, people only skill!

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Ontario’s new employer-friendly employment laws

Some recent changes in the law make Ontario’s employment laws more employer-friendly – especially for small businesses; this blog post discusses five of these changes.

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How a bad hire could lead to damages for constructive dismissal

In the wake of the #metoo movement, one question that has arisen, and which our firm has commented upon is how employers are to react when those individuals attempt to return to the workforce.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the Ministry of Labour’s health and safety compliance plan, a new occupational health and safety strategy and the bill to implement the 2019 budget measures in Ontario.

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What is the right to disconnect, and does it apply in Canada?

The right to disconnect refers to employees’ ability to disconnect from work and not engage in work-related communications while they are off-duty.

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Class action lawsuit against RBC/Aviva

According to an April 23, 2019, CNW press release, an $80-million class action lawsuit has been filed against RBC Insurance and Aviva General Insurance alleging that the company’s practice of calculating vacation and public holiday pay for commissioned salespeople violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act.

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Mutual release set aside due to fraudulent misrepresentation

In Markicevic v York University (2018 ONCA 813), the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision to set aside a settlement with its ex-employee to whom they had paid 36 months severance pay only to find out later that he had actually ripped them off for a million dollars.

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