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Sep 17, 2012
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Even the most well-intentioned employers are often unaware of the extent of their duties towards pregnant employees under the Ontario Human Rights Code (HRC). The issues become more complicated when an employee’s work performance was consistently weak, and then she announces her pregnancy. Read More

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Mar 1, 2012
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Bill 168, which amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act, came into force in Ontario on June 15, 2010, with the goal of preventing workplace violence and harassment. Bill 168 mandates employers to carry out a risk assessment to identify potential sources of workplace harassment and to develop policies to address these incidents. Read More

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Sep 14, 2011
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A February 2011 decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice highlights the risks facing employers who give the statutory minimum notice required under employment standards legislation upon the termination of employees rather than the larger sum typically warranted by “common law” standards, which a judge would award at trial. Read More

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Mar 17, 2011
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Can you fire a staffer who comes to work drunk?

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In a recent ground-breaking decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court considered in detail an employee's obligation to minimize his or her damages after his or her employment is terminated on a not-for-cause basis when the termination is followed by an offer of reinstatement by the former employer. Read More

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