June 2, 2020

New Article:

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave


On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government enacted a new regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) that significantly alters the rules around temporary lay-offs for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave, protects employers by deeming employees who have been laid off during the Covid-19 […]

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April 23, 2020

New Article:

Privacy and COVID-19: How Do We Return to Work Safely?


As governments in North America look to reopen their economies, the big question for society is “are we safe?” Can everyone return to public transit, crowded elevators and workplaces safely? One strategy to ensure a safe workplace is through the use of aggressive testing and technology. With respect to technology, countries such as Taiwan and […]

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April 2, 2020

New Article:

How to Apply for Federal Assistance


The federal government has released details on how employers and individuals can access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program provides eligible businesses with 75% of an employee’s salary to a maximum of $847 per week.  To qualify employers must demonstrate their revenues in March 2020 […]

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March 23, 2020

New Article:

What Funding is Available?


The Ontario government has announced an emergency shutdown of all non-essential businesses.  The decision represents an escalation of steps to contain the spread of Covid-19.  Here is a list of businesses that Ontario has defined as essential. Please note, the shutdown does not prevent your employees from telecommuting or otherwise working from home, where possible. […]

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March 18, 2020

New Article:

COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know (Updated)


As countries learn more about the characteristics of the Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19), and observe how quickly it can be transmitted, we are seeing dramatic measures taken to prevent its spread.  We summarize what we know about the virus to date, what legal obligations it creates for employers, and best practices to consider going forward. The Virus […]

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January 21, 2020

New Article:

Beware the Untrained Investigator


Workplace investigations are complex and require guidance from experienced counsel.  The recent decision in Western Forest Products Inc. and United Steelworkers 1-1937 demonstrates how quickly an investigation can fall off the tracks when the investigator lacks experience and training. In this case, two employees were investigated for alleged misconduct and disciplined at the conclusion of the […]

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June 28, 2019

New Article:

Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act


As the Legislative Assembly adjourns for the summer, it is a good time for employers to take stock of changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 introduced by Bill 66 including changes to extended workweeks and overtime averaging.

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January 16, 2018

New Article:

Legislative Update


One Resolution all Employers should add to their list in 2018 is understanding the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Please join us for a webinar on February 6, 2018 for a full review of the legislative changes you need to be aware of.  In the meantime, here are the highlights. Increase in Minimum Wage: Effective […]

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