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The 17th Annual Ontario Employment Law Conference highlights and wrap-up #learnthelatest

Thank you for everyone’s participation in this year’s conference. The following is a brief overview of some of the employment topics that were discussed at this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you next year!

 

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It takes two to tango: Superior Court rules on employees’ duty to facilitate in the accommodation process

Employers have a duty to accommodate employees with disabilities to the point of undue hardship, including facilitating the return to work of employees who require disability-related accommodation. An important aspect of this duty is procedural, i.e. the steps taken to search for a reasonable accommodation. Even if an employer ultimately cannot accommodate without undue hardship, failure to engage in the procedural aspect of the duty to accommodate is a violation of the Human Rights Code.

 

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More time, more money: New, unique Employment Standards Act leaves proposed by legislature #learnthelatest

There are currently two Bills before the Ontario legislature which would designate new leaves under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). Outside of introducing the new leaves and obligations on employers, these Bills could be the canary in the coalmine for further extensive increases to leave entitlements under the ESA.

 

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Family status protection for infrequent and unexpected childcare obligations #learnthelatest

A recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision confirms that family status protection may require employers to accommodate employees’ sporadic or unexpected absences to fulfill childcare obligations.

 

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Employer liable for disclosure of employee confidential medical and employment information #learnthelatest

The law has become increasingly sensitive to the need for the protection of personal information from public disclosure. This is of particular concern for employers, who often possess a wealth of personal information about their employees. With this possession comes responsibilities that can trigger legal liability if not fulfilled.

 

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No room left for doubt: Ontario introduces new workplace harassment obligations #learnthelatest

Workplace harassment has been at the forefront of labour and employment law over the past several years, particularly in relation to the employer’s duty to investigate.  The trend continues with the Ontario Government’s recent introduction of Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016. Bill […]

 

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17th annual Ontario employment law conference early bird registration #learnthelatest

Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Ontario Employment Law Conference, presented by First Reference and Stringer LLP on Thursday June 2, 2016.

 

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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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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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Ontario Employment Law Conference wrap-up: We learned the latest!

Last Tuesday, over 100 businesses from across Ontario joined us and the employment law team from Stringer LLP to discuss pressing employment issues like avoiding occupational health and safety penalties, accommodating employees’ family status, getting ready for the new Employment Standard, using employment contracts to protect your business, and the perils of employee benefits.

 

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Have you heard? Our annual Ontario Employment Law Conference is next week

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

You’ve probably already heard about the Ontario Employment Law Conference coming up on June 10—that’s next Tuesday!—but have you registered yet?

 

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Last days to register for the 15th Annual Ontario Employment Law Conference

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

Last days to register for the 15th Ontario Employment Law Conference, on June 10, 2014 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. This event is hosted by First Reference, with presentations by the lawyers at Stringer LLP, experts in the areas of employment and labour law.

 

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BC Labour Relations Board waters down Irving Pulp

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Employers are still wrestling with the consequences of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the random drug and alcohol testing of employees in Irving Pulp. While the initial reaction from arbitrators appears to suggest that Irving Pulp made the likelihood of such a program surviving a challenge minimal, a decision out of the British Columbia Labour Relations Board indicates that there may still be room in Canada for these sorts of programs.

 

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Are your employment contracts enforceable?

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

Many employers prepare written employment agreements that limit employee entitlements on termination of employment. In the absence of an enforceable termination provision, employees are entitled to notice of termination at common law, or pay in lieu thereof.

 

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Learn the latest! — Family status accommodation

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

In most jurisdictions in Canada, human rights legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of “family status.” Until recently, few cases were brought alleging discrimination under this branch. However, recent decisions across several jurisdictions have made it clear that employers must be attentive to this ground of discrimination or risk exposing themselves to significant liability.

 

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