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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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Learn the latest! — Workplace health and safety inspections and investigations

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

Courts across Canada have been imposing record high fines and sending business owners, managers and supervisors to jail for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) contraventions. The Courts have also made it clear that it will be appropriate in some cases to impose a fine which has the effect of bankrupting an employer. A Court has also held that the Ministry of Labour itself could be liable to accident victims for damages resulting from negligent inspections.

 

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Register for the 15th Ontario Annual Employment Law Conference

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

The 15th Annual Ontario Employment Law Conference, is taking place 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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Learn the latest! — AODA compliance: Benefits of being ahead of the game

Recently, some of our clients received a notice from the government reminding them to file an Accessibility Report. This was an eye opener to employers who have let the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Customer Service compliance deadlines slip through the cracks. Some simply forgot to file. However, others were reminded they have not yet implemented all the Customer Service Standard requirements.

 

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Learn the latest! — Responding to human rights harassment complaints: Guidelines from the HRTO

You are an employer that has just received a harassment complaint from an employee. The complaint is against a valued employee who you do not want to lose. But you are also worried that you will be faced with an expensive human rights complaint or lawsuit. What do you do?

 

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Learn the latest! —New employment contract term triggers constructive dismissal

A recent decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Sabbah v. University of Ottawa demonstrates how mistakes in presenting new employment contracts to current employees can inadvertently trigger a constructive dismissal.

 

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