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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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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with working remotely, 2019 payroll rates and random drug and alcohol testing.

 

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Sentenced to probation: How employers can protect themselves when terminating the employment of recent hires

Employers who seek to impose more rigorous oversight of new employees and minimize termination obligations to those employees can rely on appropriately drafted probationary limitations in their offers.

 

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What employers should know about conducting police record checks

The Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 standardized police record checks in Ontario as of November 1st 2018. Ontario Employers who conduct police record checks in regards to hiring employees or other purposes must know the requirements of this new legislation:

 

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Not so fast: Court sets aside employer’s ex parte motion against ex-employee

The recent decision of Planet Paper Box Group Inc., v. McEwan, highlights some of the risks of utilizing an ex parte motion to enforce restrictive covenants against a departing employee.

 

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Even robots are a little bit racist: Al bias in recruitment

How would you like to perform only the most high-level and uniquely human elements of your job? Are your skills really best utilized on data entry, rote memorization and pushing paper? Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to delegate all the drudgery of your job to machines while freeing you up to mingle with clients on the golf course and answer phone calls from your private yacht in the Adriatic Sea.

 

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Employee induced to leave his employment and terminated six months later awarded six months’ pay

Greenlees v. Starline Windows Ltd. demonstrates the willingness of courts to award longer notice periods to short-term employees, particularly when the conduct of the employer induces the employee to leave his previous employment.

 

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Court awards six months’ pay in lieu of notice to employee terminated after six months

In this case, the BC Supreme Court awarded an employee six months’ pay in lieu of notice after he was induced to leave his job for a new position, only to be dismissed six months later.

 

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New rules regarding police record checks: Employers take note

On November 1, 2018, Bill 113, Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 will come into effect in Ontario. Employers should take steps now to ensure that their police record checks policy and procedures are in compliance with the new standardized procedure.

 

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Termination clauses: Not just for indefinite employees

In a recent decision, Ontario’s Divisional Court reminds us of the importance of proper termination clauses in fixed term contracts. In Ferguson v. Mitsche & Aziz Inc., the Divisional Court upheld a Small Claims judgment awarding the maximum $25,0000.00 limit in damages to an employee who was dismissed five months into her one-year fixed term contract.

 

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To google or not to google? Candidate background checks

In the information age it’s usually relatively easy to find out all about someone by doing a simple Google search. The burning question of online daters, “do I google my date before the date?” applies equally to employers. Can, and should, an employer background check a candidate? If so when? And how deep can and should they go?

 

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Permanence requirement discrimination on the basis of citizenship

Imperial Oil Limited recently found out the hard way that imposing a Canadian citizen permanence requirement as a job qualification can be a costly mistake.

 

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