When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ontario, many employers temporarily laid off employees or reduced their compensation because business revenues plummeted. This blog considers the legal implications of these layoffs and reductions in compensation under the Employment Standards Act and at common law.
This issue has arisen in several recent mediations that I have conducted. As regular readers will know, Employment Insurance benefits are usually deducted from money paid out in lieu of notice of dismissal. At mediation, the plaintiff will be asked if they received EI benefits; if they did, then a mechanism for obtaining a statement of account/debt from Service Canada, and a holdback of funds to cover any repayment obligation, is typical.
On June 17, 2021, Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services announced a public consultation in order to address the gaps in Ontario's legislative privacy framework. The goal is to establish comprehensive and up-to-date rules, increase confidence in digital services, and support innovation. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback until August 3, 2021.