When it comes to employment contracts in Ontario, details and specifics matter. The myriad of nuances that can dramatically affect liability and risk make employment contracts a topic that we often receive questions about. This Employment Contract FAQ covers some of the most common questions.
In Coutinho v Ocular Health Centre (2021 ONSC 3076) Justice Broad was faced with an issue that has become of vital importance in Ontario, namely whether a temporary layoff under the ESA (now called Infectious Disease Emergency Leave) constituted a constructive dismissal under the common law.
Much attention has recently been given to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre Ltd., 2021 ONSC 3076 (“Coutinho”). The reason for this is simple; Coutinho is the first court judgment in Ontario to address how Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”), introduced by the Ford government in May 2020, affects traditional employee rights.