There has been a lot of debate and also uncertainty for employees regarding how far vaccination policies can go. Some early cases have been decided in the unionized context providing useful insights and analysis. In the past month, three Ontario arbitration decisions have evaluated the reasonableness and enforceability of employers’ vaccination policies with varying results: […]
On October 25, 2021, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 27, the Working for Workers Act, 2021. If passed, the Bill would implement changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”)and other legislation impacting employers and employees in Ontario. The most notable changes proposed under the Bill are the following: Disconnecting from work policy: […]
A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision offers helpful guidance on incentive compensation during a reasonable notice period. In Matthews v Ocean Nutrition Canada, the employee alleged constructive dismissal based on years of mistreatment. Included in the employee’s claim was recovery under the employer’s incentive plan for a payout that he otherwise would have received […]
In an ongoing series by the Toronto Star, Associate Mika Imai offers her opinion on the potential employment-related ramifications of activism on social media. Read the full Toronto Star article here.
Caveat: The information below is not legal advice. The Regulation is ambiguous in parts and exemptions apply. — As we reported earlier, on May 29, 2020, the Ontario government amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) through Ontario Regulation 228/20. The stated purpose is to prevent businesses from “unsustainable termination costs” and facilitate the […]
On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government introduced Regulation O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave. The new regulation re-characterizes certain layoffs related to COVID-19 as an emergency leave under the Employment Standards Act. We are still reviewing the newly introduced legislation and will have further details on the impact for employees and employers. Wondering […]
Since our last update on March 21, 2020, we’ve seen several changes to the government assistance being offered. We’ve done our best to summarize these below. Please note, this is general information, not legal advice, and is based on information current only to April 3, 2020 and is specific to Ontario. Topics covered: Canada Emergency […]
Please note, this is general information, not legal advice. Each employer will have different workplace policies, employment contracts and work environments which will affect their legal obligations. This is also a rapidly evolving situation. New government regulations and employee entitlements are regularly being announced. This summary is based on information current to March 21, 2020 […]