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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with workplace discrimination, payroll and safety blitzes in Ontario.

 

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Managing and addressing workplace developments caused by the spread of Coronavirus

Many employers are starting to ask questions about the legal framework within which they can prepare, manage and address developments and potential issues caused by the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

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2019-2020 federal government departmental mandates of interest to employers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released the mandate letters for each of the 37 cabinet Ministers of his minority Liberal government.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with workplace etiquette, 2020 payroll rates and the federal government’s mandate letters.

 

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Long-awaited regulations regarding placement agencies in Quebec set to come into effect on January 1, 2020

The wait is over. Announced along with the sweeping changes to Quebec’s Act respecting labour standards (the “Act”) back in June 2018, the regulation regarding Quebec placement agencies has finally been published and is set to come into effect on January 1, 2020 (the “Regulation”).

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the Ontario no smoking signs, constructive dismissal and harassment as well as 2020 payroll rates.

 

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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2019

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. Making the list this year are blog posts on the topic of termination (again), on breaching confidentiality, privacy and the duty to accommodate among others.

 

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Entitlements to public holidays during the holiday season

There are a number of upcoming public (statutory or general) holidays that require employers to provide paid days off to employees. Below, we have summarized some the most important obligations with respect to those holidays.

 

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Work is work: Duration of dependent contractor status to be included in notice calculations

In the recent decision of Cormier v. St. Joseph Communications, the Court of Appeal upheld a motion judge’s finding that when calculating reasonable notice periods, an employee is entitled to include the duration of time they were an dependent contractor. This case highlights the risks posed by evolving employment relationships and the importance of drafting legally defensible termination clauses.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with contracting out of the Ontario ESA, entitlements to public holidays and discrimination against a job applicant.

 

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Top employment law cases of the 2010s

In order of appearance, from newest to oldest, here are the employment law cases that shaped Ontario and to some extent every jurisdiction in Canada in the 2010s:

 

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Informal work should still be governed by “formal” employment contracts

There is certainly no “one size fits all” model when it comes to a written employment contract. The agreement doesn’t need to be long or complicated… or “formal”, but it is perhaps naïve in today’s work environment, including in the “gig economy”, to believe that the good natured feelings present at the beginning of the work relationship will always be there, or that you’ll part ways with a temporary or short-term employee on good terms in every instance; or to believe that everyone is in agreement as to just how “independent” the employee is.

 

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Doug’s top 5 employment law stories of 2019

We have started the last month of 2019 and it is time for my annual top employment law stories of the year. 2019 has been a relatively good news year for Ontario employers.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with 2020 payroll rates, compensation and disability accommodation, and a case of sexual harassment.

 

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The holiday party and workplace policies

The holiday season is fast approaching and organizations are planning their annual Christmas or holiday parties. The increased recognition that alcohol consumption at organization-sponsored events creates significant legal liability has had an impact on that traditional institution. And now, with the legalization of cannabis and the #metoo movement, added legal liabilities come into play.

 

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