Employment Standards Act

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Recent Ontario Decision Casts Doubt on Statutory Severance Pay Threshold

In Ontario, employees are entitled to notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice of termination in accordance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). In addition, employees with five years of service or more...more

Yet Another Reminder on the Importance of Careful Drafting of Termination Clauses…

As if employers needed one, we now have yet another decision invalidating a termination provision for failure to comply with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”): Miller v. A.B.M. Canada Inc., 2014 ONSC 4062...more

Can I help my sick family member without losing my job?

aring for a critically ill family member can be an emotionally taxing and stressful experience. Canadian law recognizes the inherent difficulties in balancing an employee’s desire to care for an ill family member and their...more

Three New Statutory Leaves of Absence are Set to Take Effect in Ontario on October 29, 2014

On April 29, 2014, Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, was passed and received royal assent in Ontario. This means that, effective October 29, 2014, the list of job-protected...more

Benefits For Employees Over Age 65

As of December 2006, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to abolish mandatory retirement. However, the provincial government intentionally did not make corresponding revisions to the Employment Standards Act or the...more

Upcoming Ontario Ministry Of Labour Blitzes

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has announced several upcoming blitzes during which it will ensure that employers in specified industries are compliant with particular areas of concern under the Employment Standards Act, 2000...more

Go Directly to Jail - Directors & Unpaid Wages

The liability of officers and directors of corporations for unpaid wages to employees is not a new concept. The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) in Ontario also provides for fines that can certainly drive the intended...more

Natural Disasters In The Workplace – What Do I Do?

Did you know that the Ontario Ministry of Labour has a Q&A on how to deal with natural disasters in the workplace?...more

Company Director Jailed For Ontario Employment Standards Violations

A director of six Ontario companies has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after those companies systematically ignored orders to pay wages issued by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000...more

How is Travel Time Treated Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000?

This is an important question, as it impacts such issues as whether travel time is paid, whether those hours factor into hours of work restrictions, overtime calculations and determining vacation pay. Surprisingly, the answer...more

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