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Employer confused notice and termination dates, failed to consider common law notice

There are numerous reasons for employers to take care when providing employees with termination notice, but a recent Ontario small claims decision suggests you start with the details. The court found that the employer miscalculated the employee’s notice period, failed to consider its common law notice obligations and had little evidence to support its assertion about the employee’s mitigation efforts.

Province introducing mandatory occupational health and safety training

On November 14, 2013, the Ontario government filed Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training Regulations, Ontario Regulation 297/13, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, providing for mandatory occupational health and safety training for all workers and supervisors in the province who are covered by the Act. Sections 1 to 4 of the Regulation, which provide new mandatory training obligations for workers and supervisors, as well as exemptions and rules for the maintenance of training records, will come into force on July 1, 2014. Section 5 of the regulation regarding certification training came in force on November 14, 2013.

Employer paid the price for failing to accommodate employee’s disabilities

The chair of the Alberta Human Rights Commission confirmed that an employee suffered from disabilities after experiencing an accident at work and taking a medical leave, and when he was terminated soon after returning to work, he was discriminated against on the ground of disability.

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Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B. Managing Editor

Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 18 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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