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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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Harassers, empty your pockets and pay up! Including personal financial accountability for harassment in employment contracts – key considerations

In January, Variety reported about the new position of John Lasseter, the former Pixar head of animation who was the subject of a workplace harassment complaints from Pixar staffers.

 

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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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Rise of the machines in the workplace

Is your workplace about to be automated? A recent study by McKinsey & Company suggests that about half of the activities (not jobs) carried out by workers could be automated right now with currently available technologies.

 

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The ONCA’s decision in the Uber case and the (il)legality of arbitration clauses in employment contracts

Will an arbitration clause in an independent contractor agreement always be found to be illegal, if, notwithstanding that to which the parties ostensibly agreed, the worker can later allege that he is, in fact, an “employee”?

 

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Time as an independent contractor can be considered in the calculation of severance

This case demonstrates that employers need to know that if they hire their independent contractors into a genuine “employee” position, that time they spent as an independent contractor may be calculated in establishing their right to severance.

 

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Negligent misrepresentations during the interview process

The BC Court of Appeal decision in Feldstein v. 364 Northern Development Corporation provided employers with a reminder that negligent misrepresentation during the hiring process can prove to be a costly mistake.

 

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Changements majeurs au Code canadien du travail

Le projet de loi C-86, intitulé Loi no 2 d’exécution du budget de 2018 (la « Loi »), a reçu la sanction royale le 13 décembre 2018. La Loi apporte d’importants changements touchant les milieux de travail de réglementation fédérale assujettis au Code canadien du travail, dont la plupart entreront en vigueur de manière échelonnée en 2019.

 

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Arbitrator states worker’s use of medical cannabis results in “unacceptable increased safety risk”- grievance dismissed

Increased safety risk arising from cannabis impairment in the workplace can amount to undue hardship. This will likely continue to be the case until there are reliable technologies that can accurately and effectively measure impairment from cannabis.

 

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Un arbitre déclare que la consommation de cannabis à des fins médicales par un travailleur entraîne « un risque accru inacceptable pour la sécurité » − grief rejeté

La récente légalisation du cannabis à des fins récréatives a fait ressortir le fait qu’il existe plusieurs questions concernant les effets d’affaiblissement des facultés du cannabis et comment ils peuvent être évalués

 

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Welcome to 2019 with new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada: A summary

Welcome to 2019 and a load of new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada.

 

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Top five cases of importance to Ontario employment law – 2018 edition

2018 has been, compared to some other years, relatively quiet with respect to employment law jurisprudence. Sometimes that can be a good thing.

 

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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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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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