The EPC Blog

Employment Professionals Canada has the latest on the country’s workforce, job market, job search and hiring trends. Read our blog for helpful tips on how to find employment or hire the best talent.

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For most employers, there is a clear line between the personal and professional lives of their employees; however, with the introduction of Bill 157, it seems that line has now become a little blurred – as it has many people on the fence. The bill was recently brought forth for its first reading at the… Read more »

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Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeals sent a clear statement to employers: A poorly written term contract will cost you. In Covenoho v. Pendylum Ltd., 2017 ONCA 284, the court ruled that when a termination clause will breach the Employment Standards Act (ESA) in the future, such clause is void and, therefore, unable… Read more »

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You may think your Ontario business is protected by air-tight termination documentation and procedures, but even the most iron-clad contracts can be vulnerable under some recent rulings by the court. If you haven’t been keeping an eye on employment law news, here’s what you need to know. Paquette v. TeraGo Networks Inc. In this case,… Read more »

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Creating a more supportive, dynamic, and inclusive Ontario is the call to action for many employers as the province released its new Access Talent initiative earlier this summer. However, many employers are wondering exactly what this new strategy is and how it will impact their business. The strategy includes a non-binding call for employers with… Read more »

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As the most populous province in Canada, Ontario finds itself at the forefront of the cannabis industry. Over half of all current licensed medical marijuana grow operations are in Ontario and they will be expanding to accommodate recreational users as part of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, which is scheduled to go into effect July… Read more »

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When you hire a new employee, you’re looking forward. You’ve arranged for new internet IDs and passwords, on- or off-site training and reviewed your onboarding process for last-minute ways to make their first day smoother. The last thing on your mind is termination. But when it comes to employment contracts, you can’t afford to put… Read more »

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Whether you’re ready to look for new challenges or find yourself suddenly unemployed, finding a job doesn’t happen overnight. Looking for a new job can be one of the most frustrating and stressful things you’ll ever do. And it can feel even worse if you’re looking for work in southwestern Ontario, where the population is… Read more »

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Whether managers or employees realize it or not, sexism and a lack of equality in the workplace are still present in today’s businesses. Subtle comments or unrealized double standards can hold your workplace back. Harassment and discrimination based on gender are not only harmful to employees but damage the company overall. One of the most… Read more »

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Running a business in Ontario is hard enough. But add to that the extensive catalog of Ontario employment laws that includes: Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, 1997; Accessibility Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005; Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997; Employment Standards Act, 2000; Occupational Health and Safety Act; and Protecting Child Performers Act, 2015…. Read more »

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The Ministry of Labour recently updated its interpretation of the term “critical injury” with particular attention on clauses 1(d) and 1(e) of the Ontario Health Safety Act. Under OHSA, a “critical injury” is defined as an injury, serious in nature, that (a)       puts life in jeopardy; (b)       results in a state of unconsciousness; (c)      … Read more »