Matthew Curtis

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Ontario Court Rules that ESA Temporary Layoff may still Result in Constructive Dismissal

An Ontario Court has ruled in Bevilacqua v Gracious Living Corporation, 2016 ONSC 4127 that even in cases where an employer has complied with the temporary layoff provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”),...more

9/20/2016 - Canada Employment Contract Employment Standards Act Hiring & Firing Lay-Offs

BC Minimum Wage Increase Now in Effect

British Columbia employers are reminded that the general minimum wage in British Columbia increased on September 15, 2016 to $10.85 per hour, up from $10.45 per hour.  The liquor server minimum wage also increased to $9.60...more

9/16/2016 - Canada Minimum Wage New Legislation Wage and Hour

B.C. and Canada Adopting Gender Identity and Gender Expression Human Rights Protections

Both the British Columbia and the Federal Government have recently introduced legislation to amend their respective human rights legislation to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected grounds of...more

9/1/2016 - Canada Discrimination Gender Discrimination Gender Identity Human Rights Human Rights Code LGBT Proposed Legislation Sex Discrimination Sexual Orientation Discrimination Transgender

Employee Time Off to Vote in the Upcoming Federal Election

Canadians head for the polls in the federal election on Monday, October 19, 2015. The Canada Elections Act provides that with the exception of certain employees in the transportation sector, every employee who is an elector...more

10/15/2015 - Compliance General Elections Right to Vote Time-Off Policies Voting Rights Wage and Hour

Minimum Wage Increase Now In Effect in many Canadian Provinces

On October 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Saskatchewan has increased.   Please note that there are different minimum wage requirements in many provinces that depend on...more

10/7/2015 - Employment Contract Minimum Wage Wage and Hour

SCC Says Suspension with Pay can Amount to Constructive Dismissal

A non-unionized employee on an indefinite suspension with pay successfully claimed that he was constructively dismissed by his employer and was entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal. The case involved David Potter, an...more

3/24/2015 - Canada Constructive Discharge Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Supreme Court of Canada Work Suspensions

BC and Ontario Employers Take Note: Upcoming Minimum Wage Changes

Last fall the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 was amended to index increases to the minimum wage to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index.  Putting that into effect, Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to...more

3/20/2015 - Amended Legislation Canada Minimum Wage

Significant Changes Proposed to Ontario’s Workplace Laws

Ontario’s government introduced workplace legislation on July 16, 2014 that would affect five labour and employment statutes in the province. Significant changes that are proposed in the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger...more

7/22/2014 - Canada Employee Rights Wage and Hour Wages

Contract Requiring Ex-Employee To Compensate Former Employer For Competing Ruled Enforceable In British Columbia

A recent decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal has endorsed a novel approach to post-employment competition by upholding an employment contract whereby the employee was required to compensate the employer if she competed soon...more

4/15/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Competition Employment Contract Former Employee Hiring & Firing

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