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Business e-mail compromise: sometimes you pay twice!

A recent Ontario Small Claims Court decision highlights the importance of having effective workplace policies and procedures when it comes to transferring funds electronically.

 

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Progressive discipline leads to termination for cause for poor performance

I sometimes hear lawyers tell the clients that upholding just cause for poor performance is almost impossible. Not so if the employer does it right.

 

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Employer ordered to pay $120,000.00 for discriminatory hiring practices

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has decided on a case concerning discriminatory hiring practices. In Haseeb v. Imperial Oil, Imperial Oil’s policy of requiring all project engineer job applicants to hold either Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in order to be eligible for employment.

 

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Conscionability of release not appropriate for resolution by summary judgment

Is the issue of the “conscionability” of a full and final release, signed as part of a severance negotiation and purporting to release claims to long-term disability benefits, the kind of issue appropriate for resolution by way of summary judgment?

 

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New agri-food immigration pilot

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and the expected changes to the temporary foreign worker program will provide new temporary and permanent pathways for eligible applicants, which should help agri-food employer’s plan and manage their workforce in Canada.

 

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Employer obligations and the right to vote

The Canadian federal election is scheduled for October 21, 2019. Under the Elections Act (Canada), Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years of age have the right to vote.

 

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Thanksgiving Day in Canada: Monday, October 14

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October every year. This year, Thanksgiving Day is Monday, October 14.

 

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8 tips on keeping an investigation confidential

Investigations contain sensitive material that must always be kept confidential, a standard which has been adopted in the Ministry of Labour’s Code of Practice.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with expected salary increases in 2020, worker reluctance to admit mental illness at work and discriminatory hiring practices.

 

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Ministry of Labour inspections

The Ministry of Labour has been busy implementing its Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces Strategy. Introduced by the previous Wynne government, the initiative has focused on small Ontario industrial businesses. A small business is one with fewer than 50 workers.

 

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Beyond “9 to 5”: Understanding Ontario’s overtime rules

Aside from some “tweaks”, not much has changed when it comes to the Ontario’s overtime rules in many years. Why then do I see so much employer non-compliance?

 

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Further updates regarding proposed pay transparency obligations in the federal sector

Further to our updates provided regarding the delayed implementation of the Pay Transparency Act (which can be found here), the federal government has recently released proposed amendments to legislation which would impose pay transparency requirements.

 

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Can accommodation include a reduction in pay?

One issue that arises occasionally when an employee is being accommodated is whether the employer can adjust their compensation to bring it in line with their new reduced hours and/or duties.

 

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Recent study regarding gender gaps – the effects of pay transparency

On September 16, 2019, Statistics Canada released results of a study dealing with pay transparency and the gender pay gap.

 

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Can behaviours associated with a sex addiction merit employee dismissal?

A recent Nova Scotia labour arbitration decision suggests that employers may not have to accommodate employees who have medically diagnosed sex addiction where behaviours associated with such an addiction clearly justify discipline or termination.

 

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