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Goods news and bad news: ONCA rules on notice requirements during mass terminations

On September 19, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal released the decision of Wood v. CTS of Canada Co., and addressed several important issues surrounding mass termination events in Ontario. Specifically, the Court addressed the requirement to post prescribed notices at the commencement of the statutory notice period, that non-consensual overtime demands may dis-entitle employers to credit for working notice, and that notices of termination must always be clear and unequivocal in order to remain valid.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Bill 148 and long-term disability benefits in the context of frustrating an employment contract.

 

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Paying the price: Ontario court reminds employers to carefully consider their approach to litigation

It is important for businesses to carefully consider their response to an employee’s wrongful dismissal claim.

 

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Law firm loses to ex-lawyer over unpaid vacation and holiday pay

This decision in this case affirms that entitlements and obligations need to be clearly outlined out in employment agreements. Courts will almost always resolve ambiguities in favour of employees.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with cannabis legalization and health and safety policies at work, recruiting and talent shortages and maximum common law notice periods.

 

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Q&A: 48-hour advance notification of cancelled shift coming into force on January 1, 2019

Establishing a process for the practical aspects of shift cancellation notifications in a company policy would go a long way to protect employers from paying a worker who claims that he or she did not know about the cancelled shift because he or she failed to check the method of communication for notifications.

 

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Legislating the right to disconnect

In France, the right to disconnect was enshrined in law in 2017. French workers in companies of more than 50 people have the right to turn off their work devices outside of working hours. Will Canada follow that path?

 

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Will a judge enforce the termination clause in your organization’s employment contract?

Although it is theoretically possible to limit an employee’s rights on termination to ESA minimums, it is difficult to do so in practice because trial judges are reluctant to enforce them.

 

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Can an employer sue an employee for compensation?

The case detailed here does not mean that employers can sue employees for any losses that arise out of their employment. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain compensation for negligent work, or mistakes. However, where there is deliberate misconduct like in this case, remedies are available to the employer beyond dismissal for cause.

 

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Q&A: What happens when an employee does not use their vacation entitlement?

In this conference Q&A, we address the alternatives when an employee chooses to not use their vacation entitlement in the vacation entitlement year as prescribed by law.

 

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Supreme Court of Canada upholds workers’ compensation order against site owner

The decision in this case is an important reminder about an owner’s worksite safety obligations. Owners must ensure the health and safety of their own employees, as well as the employees of other contractors on site.

 

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Labour Day is an annual and global holiday

Labour Day is an annual and global holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers around the world. For most countries, Labour Day is linked with International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1. For other countries, Labour Day is celebrated on a different date, often one with special significance for the labour movement in that country.

 

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Q&A: Critical illness leave to take care of parent outside of Canada

In this conference Q&A, we address whether employees are entitled to take critical illness leave to care for a parent who is not in Canada.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that clarified the limitation period for a wrongful dismissal claim starts as soon as working notice is provided, the Morneau Shepell survey which shows employers in Canada are expecting salaries to increase by an average of 2.6 percent in 2019, and guidelines on obtaining meaningful consent.

 

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Court disregards release where settlement “unconscionable”

The Ontario Superior Court recently allowed an employee to proceed with claims against his former employer regarding long-term disability insurance, even though he had signed a release in exchange for a severance package when his employment ended.

 

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