What’s Your Transition Plan?

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In today’s tight employment market, employers are bound to be faced with turnover. Losing a talented employee can cause a panicked reaction, and without a transition plan in place, that role could be left open for some time. When an employee exits, it is imperative to tackle the challenge immediately and with purpose, so you… Read more »

Ontario Government to Continue Review of New Holiday Pay Calculation Rules

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Business owners having a tough time navigating the new employment legislation surrounding holiday pay are getting a reprieve from the Ontario Liberal government. The Ministry of Labour announced Monday that it will take a closer look at its public holiday pay provisions as part of an on-going review of provincial labour and employment legislation. The… Read more »

Term Contracts – What is Future Proofing? And What Should You Do About It?

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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 »

Recent Updates on Ontario Employee Termination Laws

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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 »

Workplace Safety and Ontario MOL Updates

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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 »

Understanding the Nuances of Employment Contracts

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When it comes to hiring new employees, employment contracts are typically used to outline the terms of employment and the scope of the employment relationship. Frequently, employment contracts outline obligations, entitlements and any applicable restrictions for both employer and employee. Many employers view the employment contract as a method of safeguarding their position and obligations… Read more »

Social Engineering Fraud: Coverage for Ontario Businesses

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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 »

AODA Standards for Small Businesses: Are You Ready?

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For the last year, large organizations and companies in Ontario have been working to implement workplace accommodation changes to meet new requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Now, it’s the smaller organizations turn (less than 50 employees) and the deadline is rapidly approaching. By January 1, 2017, all employers must comply… Read more »

Understanding Ontario’s New Human Rights Commission Policies: What Employers Need to Know

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On September 29, 2016, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its new version of a Policy on ableism and discrimination based on disability. This is an update to a policy that was first introduced in 2001. Since that time, there have been many important case law developments, new international human rights standards and evolving… Read more »

What Role Should Childcare Play in Your Ontario Business?

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Few families have the ability to have a full-time stay-at-home parent. Most families in Ontario are comprised of two working parents, and that means an increased need for affordable, accessible, quality daycare. Parents who don’t have to worry about their children while they’re on the job are genuinely happier and more productive in the workplace…. Read more »