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Author Archive - Piccolo Heath LLP

Prominent Canadian lawyers Patrizia Piccolo and Jennifer Heath have come together as Piccolo Heath LLP, Canada’s newest employment law firm. With more than 30 years combined expertise, the firm was founded with the purpose of delivering outstanding legal counsel and dynamic, client-focused service. Piccolo Heath LLP is focused on guiding clients through the legal landscape to determine the best solutions to their unique issues. The firm is well-versed in current employment-related case law and statutes, but is also highly sensitive to the practical impact of the law on both employers and employees. Read more.

Granting intervener status in cases of sexual harassment – Victims can be more than just witnesses

In the recent Ontario Superior Court decision Render v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Master Andrew Graham found that an employee who claimed that a co-worker sexually harassed her could be granted intervener status at the co-worker’s trial for wrongful dismissal.

 

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Business purchasers use employment contracts to try to ‘cover their assets’ – Can it work?

In the case of Krishnamoorthy v. Olympus Inc., was the offer of employment by the new employer adequate consideration, thus creating a new binding contract?

 

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There’s a tidal shift happening in human rights – Part II are employers ready for Bill 164?

Bill 164 aims to expand the current protection offered by the Ontario Human Rights Code in relation to citizenship, race and place of origin to add immigration status, which will essentially eliminate an employer’s ability to discriminate on the basis of how long someone has been in the country.

 

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Starbucks avoids paying employees for every second worked in California… for now. Do Ontario employers have the same ability?

Employers in Ontario ought to be wary of asking employees to perform any work without pay. Otherwise, they may find themselves on the wrong end of a lawsuit and in violation of Ontario employment laws.

 

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There’s a tidal shift happening in human rights – Are employers ready?

The intolerance brought on by the #MeToo movement is being mirrored in Human Rights Tribunal decisions across the country as awards for damages relating to sexual harassment show an upward trend. There are also other changes brewing in human rights law, particularly in Ontario. A recent decision on age discrimination and benefit coverage may require significant amendments to employer benefit plans and resulting costs to employers.

 

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What’s old is new again (for now): Ontario government to review public holiday pay calculations and temporarily reinstate “old” formula effective July 1, 2018

Since the “old” Public Holiday Pay formula will not be reinstated until July 1, 2018, it’s important for employers to ensure they make the appropriate changes to their public holiday pay calculations at the right time.

 

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You found WHAT in the staff room? Handling marijuana use in the workplace before and after recreational marijuana becomes legal

Unusual things can occur in workplaces; however, employers can prepare for some of those things by instituting good policies and practices, particularly in advance of any anticipated change in legislation.

 

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What does equal pay for equal work equal (as of April 1, 2018)?

Equal pay for equal work protections are expanding on April 1, 2018. The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) currently prohibits an employer from paying a lower rate to an employee on the basis of the employee’s sex. As of April 1, 2018, employers may no longer pay less to employees because of sex or “differences […]

 

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Secretly recorded conversations – the collision of “technification” and mistrust in the workplace

While I would never have been able to predict at the time I started practicing employment law that I’d be writing about and advising clients on the risks associated with secret recordings in the workplace, it is a reality that is now a regular part of the modern workplace.

 

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