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Employment Contracts & Termination Clauses: Don’t Forget to Consider Consideration

Our recent Canadian HR Law blog post discusses the topic of termination clauses. Our firm has written multiple times on the ever-complicated, ever-changing, and certainly unpredictable realm of case law surrounding termination clauses in employment contracts. Regular readers will recall several cases such as Garreton and the initial trial court decision in Oudin, where clauses have been struck down due […]


How to Respond to Requests for Accommodation

The workplace is no longer what it used to be, and the circumstances that an employer must accommodate continue to expand. Be it childcare arrangements, medicinal marijuana, or transgender accommodation, human rights continue to impact the workplace. Employers expose themselves to significant liability if they fail to respond to these requests appropriately. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of dismissing unusual requests […]


High Times in HR: Duty to Accommodate Marijuana, Gender Identity & Day Care

Stuart presents at HRPA York Region on the duty to accommodate marijuana, gender identity and day care. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)


Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2016

One might think that by the year 2017, employment law would be settled and there would be few, if any, issues that are unpredictable or where the law is “open to interpretation”. That would be wishful thinking; 2016 included its share of new developments, surprising court decisions, and significant legislative developments. The reality is that as social attitudes evolve, the […]


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Bill 26 Proposes Statutorily-protected Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave

The Ontario provincial government continues its recognition of the impact of domestic violence on the workplace with Bill 26, which proposes amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Previous developments Bill 168, which came into force on June 15, 2010 as an amendment to the OHSA, established a requirement that employers […]


Responding to Allegations of Harassment

Stuart presents “The Ghomeshi Scenario: Responding to allegations of harassment in the workplace” at HRPA North Bay. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)


Managing Attendance & Absenteeism: Hangout with Rudner MacDonald

Stuart takes questions on managing attendance and absenteeism in the workplace. Most employers want to flexible, but it can be hard to run a business when you don’t know who will show up for work. Do you have to give employees paid sick days? Can you require doctor’s notes? This and more, in this session. Click to share on Twitter […]


Managing Attendance and Absenteeism

Managing attendance and absenteeism in the workplace is one of the most difficult issues for employers. Some common questions are: Are employees entitled to “sick days”? Can employers require medical notes? What steps can employers take to manage attendance? Can excessive absenteeism be grounds for dismissal? This is another example of the ongoing balancing act between the rights of individuals […]


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: It’s the Final Countdown… AODA Compliance Deadline on January 1

Are you a small organization in the private or non-profit sector? Then you have a deadline this New Year’s Eve to comply with the Employment Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”). In addition, organizations with more than 20 employees will need to file an online compliance report with the government confirming their continued compliance with the AODA. Failure to […]


Employment Law 101

I have often heard people say that there should be a required course before anyone becomes a parent. In my latest Canadian HR Law blog post, I apply that same logic as true for anyone who is thinking of becoming an employer. Perhaps there should be a mandatory course on employment standards and other relevant laws before anybody can hire […]


The Need for Clear Warning Before Dismissal

As my latest First Reference Talks blog post recounts, I have often discussed the need for warnings in the context of summary dismissal. While some situations will justify dismissal based upon a single incident, in many cases our courts and arbitrators will require progressive discipline. Whatever the steps may be, it is critical that the messaging to the subject employee […]



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