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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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Workforce reductions are inevitable, especially in such a volatile economy. And now a recent case in Ontario is casting a shadow on how judges view an employer’s reasonable notice obligations to a departing employee. The courts recently awarded damages to the tune of several million dollars and showed a strong preference for the “complete compensation”… Read more »

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At one point or another during an employee’s tenure, you will have to complete third-party forms on behalf of your employee. You’ll also require your employee to complete documents for yourself or a third party. And sometimes those forms won’t get completed, despite best efforts. But failing to appropriately and correctly complete these forms, or… Read more »

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Recent amendments to Bill 132 addressed harassment in the workplace. Now Bill 26 proposes employers will need to go one step further – providing training, leave and accommodation for employees affected by sexual and domestic violence. How Does Bill 26 Define Domestic Violence? The Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016,… Read more »

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A disturbing fraud trend is on the rise and developing into a severe risk for Ontario businesses: Social Engineering Fraud. Sometimes called “human hacking,” social engineering fraud is the art of getting people to disclose confidential or proprietary information voluntarily. And that voluntary release of information is creating new vulnerabilities for businesses. Typically attackers will… Read more »

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Previously, we have discussed several aspects of the Changing Workplaces Review commissioned by the Ontario Labour Board, including the trends that are of concern to the Labour Board and proposed changes to employment standards. In this week’s article, we will go over how these changes could impact employers and workers. The Labour Board may have… Read more »

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Over the past weeks, we have addressed the areas of concern for the Ontario Labour board. Wrapping up this series, we address a few final points in the Changing Workplaces Review. The board will review and possibly update the regulations set out by the Employment Standards Act of 2000 (ESA) for Ontario workplaces in areas… Read more »

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At the time, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA) seemed to cover every aspect of employment, protecting both employers and individuals. Since these Acts were made law, the workplace has continued to evolve rapidly. As such, the Ontario Labour Board thought it wise to revisit this legislation, paying… Read more »

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The Labour Relations Act is largely responsible for regulating labour in Ontario since 1993. Amendments have been enacted the two decades since, but because of changes in the nature of work and industry, the Labour Board has decided that now is the time to review those regulations to determine what changes need to be made… Read more »

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Two very different Ontario court cases have helped to clarify the responsibilities of both employers and employees when it comes to their legal rights in employment termination. Here is a summary of those cases and the lessons that were learned through these proceedings. Case #1 Singh v Qualified Metal Fabricators Ltd. Mr. Singh had been… Read more »

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Last week we discussed a general overview of the Changing Workplaces Review commissioned by the Ontario Labour Board and what issues the review covers and the objective of the review. In the coming weeks, we will discuss the trends being examined and the potential impact on employment standards. In this week’s article, we will cover… Read more »