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Proposed Changes to Ontario Employment and Labour Laws

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On May 23, 2017, the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisors released their Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review (the Final Report) which outlines 173 recommendations to amend the Employment Standards Act...more

Canada – Ontario: Bill 148 Amendments to Employment and Labour Laws Pass First Reading and Will Undergo Committee Review in June,...

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On June 1, 2017, the government introduced Bill 148 in the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and the Bill passed unanimously on first reading. The Bill contains important amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and...more

Ontario, Canada: Employer Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison for Non-Payment of Wages

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The former owner of two defunct businesses has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for non-payment of more than $125,000 in wages owed to 43 employees. The employer was convicted of failing to comply with an Order to Pay made...more

Ontario Introduces Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act to Reform Employment and Labour Law

On May 23, 2017, The Changing Workplaces Review – Final Report (Report) was released, recommending major changes to the province’s employment standards and labour relations legislation. For further information on the Report,...more

Overhaul of Alberta’s Workplace Laws Now Underway

Significant changes to Alberta’s workplace laws are coming. On May 24, 2017, the Alberta government introduced Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17), which proposes the biggest changes to Alberta’s...more

Ontario government responds to Changing Workplaces Review with The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

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On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government announced that it will be introducing The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (the “Act”), which incorporates proposals to amend Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”)...more

Ontario Considers Major Employment and Labour Law Reform: Key Recommendations and How They Will Impact Employers

On May 23, 2017, the Ontario government released The Changing Workplaces Review – Final Report, which recommends a sweeping overhaul to Ontario’s employment standards and labour relations legislation. The government has...more

Canada: Ontario Special Advisors Make 173 Recommendations in their Final Report on the Changing Workplace

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In May 2015, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors (Michael Mitchell and The Honourable John C. Murray) to review the modern-day workplace and to consider whether the Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995...more

Changing Workplaces Review to be Released May 22: Media Reports

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The countdown is on. Over the weekend the Toronto Star and the CBC each published stories detailing what Ontarians can expect to see in the long awaited final report from the Changing Workplaces Review when it is...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Law on Contract Provisions Which Will Breach the Employment Standards Act in the Future

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Ontario’s highest court has confirmed that employment contract provisions that will breach the Employment Standards Act (‘ESA’) in the future are void and unenforceable. The Court has also confirmed that fixed-term employees...more

Termination of Employment in Ontario

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The cost of terminating the employment of an employee in Ontario depends upon a mixture of contract provisions, common law and statute. The rules under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 about the termination of employment...more

Extension of Parental Benefits – What About the Leave?

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The Federal government announced in the budget that it intends to “stretch” employment insurance (“EI”) parental leave benefits to up to 18 months at a lower benefit rate of 33% of average weekly earnings. That raises the...more

Workwise: Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause

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The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 (Wood), once again highlights that employers must be very careful when it comes to drafting termination clauses as a...more

Managing the Employment Relationship in Ontario

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What state-specific laws govern the employment relationship? The Employment Standards Act, 2000, sets out most of the minimum employment standards for provincially regulated workplaces in Ontario....more

On Strict Terms: Wording of Termination Provision Not What the Employer Does Determines Enforceability

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Highlighting the importance of using precise language in termination provisions of employment contracts, the Ontario Court of Appeal in Wood v Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 [Wood] recently held that a termination...more

Is This The Definitive Word on Termination Provisions/Consideration?

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A series of Ontario cases dating back to 2012 has put into issue the question of what does, or doesn’t, make a termination provision enforceable.  After a number of recent employer-friendly decisions, the Ontario Court of...more

Canada: Time for Submissions Soon Expiring in Ontario under Changing Workplace Review

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As previously reported, the Special Advisors to the Government of Ontario, Canada released their interim report on July 27, 2016 on ways in which the Ontario Labour Relations Act (“LRA”) and Ontario Employment Standards Act,...more

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

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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

Mass Terminations—What Ontario Employers Need to Think About When Restructuring or Reducing Their Workforces

When discharging employees, it pays to be prepared. This is especially so when an employer is considering a large-scale restructuring....more

Limiting Liability: Incentives and Benefits on Termination of Employment

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You’ve terminated an employee without cause, what do you owe them? It may be more than you think. As a starting position, employees are entitled to compensation for what they would have earned during a reasonable period...more

Why Ontario Employers Should Take Another Look at Who They Treat as Exempt From Overtime

One of the most common problems employers face in today’s workplace—where technology and the demand for employee responsiveness blur the line between work and non-work time—is determining which employees are entitled to be...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Bill 186: Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act (Strengthening Retirement Security for Ontarians), 2016, Introduced

On April 14, 2016, the Ontario government introduced the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act (Strengthening Retirement Security for Ontarians), 2016, as Bill 186 (Bill or Act) in the Ontario legislature. The government...more

Franchise & Distribution News, Number 2

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Ontario Passes New Legislation Governing Tips and Gratuities - Ontario restaurants, bars and other businesses with employees who receive some of their pay through tips and gratuities will face new laws governing how...more

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