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Good Friday, Easter and Passover in 2019

Good Friday and Easter Sunday coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover in 2019.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the 2019 Federal Budget and the tax changes of interest to employers and employees, the elimination of MSP premiums in BC and a look at a case recently in front of the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the tort of harassment.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with employment standards changes, labour standards changes and other employment law related acts impacted by under Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019.

 

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Does a 4-day work week work for your business?

For each individual business, it will depend on whether a 4-day work week means reducing hours, or simply compacting the same hours into less time. Some research has shown that workplaces can maintain the same level of productivity with staff working 32 hours a week as they do with teams working a full 40 hours.

 

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Mass termination and working notice requirements clarified by Ontario Court of Appeal

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified employers’ notice obligations in the event of business closure, particularly with respect to mass termination notice requirements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) and “working notice” more broadly.

 

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Duty to accommodate may be triggered even when employee does not request accommodation

As we all know, employers are required to accommodate individuals to the point of “undue hardship” where the need for accommodation relates to a ground protected by human rights legislation, such as disability.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with and EI claim and Service Canada’s opinion, metal stress injuries at work and labour relations changes under Bill 66.

 

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Federal government adopts “modern” labour standards

In the fall of 2018, the Federal Government introduced Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018 (“Bill”). This Bill, which primarily implements the 2018 federal budget plans, introduced a large variety of legislative changes to a number of laws. Included amongst the proposed changes is the modernization of labour standards in the Canada Labour Code and the introduction of the Pay Equity Act.

 

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Clauses to include in an employment contract

Employers in Ontario should require employees to sign an employment contract before starting work.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a new statutory holiday, an overhaul of health care and a new minimum wage.

 

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OLRB rules that when it comes to severance it’s Ontario-based operations alone

In his application, Mr. Hawkes sought review of the January 25, 2017 decision of an Employment Standards Officer (“ESO”), who determined that he was not entitled to severance pay pursuant to section 64 of the Act.

 

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Ontario superior court confirms that frustration of contract is a two-way street

The legal doctrine of frustration of contract is well known to employment lawyers but its application is not all that intuitive to the average employer or employee.

 

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Double bonus: Court sides with employer on bonus entitlement, calculation appeals

Employers are often vexed by bonus entitlement and calculation issues when weighing termination decisions and defending claims for wrongful dismissal. Bonus disputes are invariably complex and costly.

 

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2019 Ontario Employment Law Conference: #LearntheLatest about continuing changes to employment law

Learn the Latest at the Ontario Employment Law Conference

Early-bird registration is now open – reserve your seats before March 31st to be eligible.

 

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Can an employee refuse a recall from a temporary layoff?

Contrary to popular belief, a temporary layoff generally constitutes a wrongful dismissal which requires an employer to pay the laid off employee termination pay.

 

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