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Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn to join the Ontario Employment Law Conference #learnthelatest

Join Minister Flynn on June 20 at the Ontario Employment Law Conference to hear about the newly tabled The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act and the Ontario government’s other plans for the 173 recommendations from the Changing Workplaces Review final report. This special luncheon presentation will be followed by a short question and answer period for conference attendees.

 

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Beyond the final report: Government of Ontario charts its own course following the Changing Workplaces Review

We reported on the Government of Ontario’s release of the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report, which comprehensively reviewed Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995. Today, the Government of Ontario announced its intention to introduce The Fair Workplace, Better Jobs Act, 2017 in response to the 173 recommendations provided by the Final Report.

 

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Changing Workplaces Review final report: Sweeping changes to Ontario employment law coming

On May 23, 2017, the Government of Ontario released the Changing Workplaces Review final report by authors C. Michael Mitchell and John C. Murray. It contains 173 recommendations that endorse significant changes to Ontario employment law aiming to create better workplaces with decent working conditions and widespread compliance with the law. The authors consulted with […]

 

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Employers should take note – The Interim Report on Ontario’s “Changing Workplaces Review” is now available for comment

The Interim Report kicks off the next phase of the province–wide consultation on modernizing Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995. Employers should note that August 31, 2016 is the deadline for submissions on the Personal Emergency Leave provisions of the ESA and October 14, 2016 is the deadline for all other submissions.

 

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Employers are wondering if they can ever require that an employee provide sick notes

“Bosses shouldn’t ask sick workers for doctor’s notes: OMA”; that was the recent headline in the Toronto Star. The press release from the Ontario Media Association has prompted reactions ranging from confusion to controversy and outrage, and it has left employers wondering if they can ever require that an employee provide “sick notes”.

 

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How weather extremes may affect the workplace

It is a rare day when Canadians are not thinking about weather, especially in January. Canada is a country of extremes in the weather department and although employers in Victoria, British Columbia may have completely different weather considerations than employers in Newfoundland and Labrador or the Northwest Territories, all employers should consider how weather extremes may affect the workplace.

 

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Personal emergency leave provisions took precedence over deemed termination clause

An employee left work early for an emergency dental appointment without notifying her employer. Should the employee be terminated immediately?

 

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Deciding whether to offer a paid leave, there are many considerations

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Employees’ personal lives seem to interfere with their working lives significantly (many of us might say it’s the other way around!). Employees are facing increased responsibility outside the workplace, whether to children, aging parents, military service or many other pressures of their personal lives.

 

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