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2018

First Reference annual holiday donation, season’s greetings and holiday break

Our office will be closed for the holidays at noon on December 24 and will reopen January 2, 2019. Also note that we will not be blogging during the holidays.

 

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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2018

This year on the First Reference Talks blog we’ve been covering some of the hot topics in employment and labour law and employee management.

 

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ONSC judge would have ordered at least 36 months reasonable notice – If requested

What is the appropriate notice period for a 62 year-old, 37 years tenured Senior Vice President, who is terminated without cause and left without any comparable employment opportunities?

 

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Protect your employees this winter season

As an employer, you have a duty to protect your employees from slips and falls on your premises.

 

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Differences between executive and non-executive employment contracts

Executive employment contracts are drafted, unusually, in favor of the employee, rather than the employer as is the case in 99% of all non-executive employment contracts. This is not unreasonable, however.

 

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When a doctor’s report may be insufficient

At the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, it is not unusual for medical documents to be entered as evidence, but according to the interim decision of Ivanescu v. Credit Valley Hospital, these medical documents may not be sufficient without the testimony of the physician.

 

Public holiday reminders for the 2018-19 holiday season

public holiday on non-working day

The public holiday reminders for the 2018-19 holiday season can be found in this article.

 

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Never too late: Court rejects employee’s attempt to avoid liability for theft

The case discussed in this article is both an encouraging sign for employers who are victims of employee theft, as well as a warning.

 

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Court of Appeal partially invalidates release of notice entitlements

This blog focuses on the issues surrounding statutory minimums and waiving out, leaving the issue of restrictive covenants raised in the cross appeal for another day.

 

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Wrongful dismissal in Ontario: how do we calculate the value of lost benefits?

When an employee is fired and not given sufficient notice, a common point of dispute becomes how to properly calculate the lost value of non-monetary benefits.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with working remotely, 2019 payroll rates and random drug and alcohol testing.

 

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Sentenced to probation: How employers can protect themselves when terminating the employment of recent hires

Employers who seek to impose more rigorous oversight of new employees and minimize termination obligations to those employees can rely on appropriately drafted probationary limitations in their offers.

 

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Cannabis at the office holiday party

The season of the office holiday party is upon us! In addition to merriment, this time of year can bring a lot of risk for employers. And there’s a new risk this year.

 

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Mandatory postings in workplaces

There are several documents that are mandatory postings for all workplaces, while others depend on the nature of the business and the hazards present in the workplace.

 

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No skirting around the issue: Gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination appear to be on the rise

Employers who fail to take action when there are complaints of unlawful discrimination in the workplace are exposing themselves to serious potential liability, both from a financial and a reputational perspective.

 

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