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Category Archives: Hours of Work

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 Ins and Outs of Vacations in Ontario

With the winter holidays fast-approaching, as well as the end of the year, we thought it would be a good time to address issues surrounding employee vacations and statutory holidays. While it may seem relatively straight-forward, it’s a topic that can become complicated very quickly. Some issues always come up, such as the calculation of vacation pay. Others arise specifically […]


AM570 Kitchener: Stuart on Banning Work Email on Weekends

Stuart is interviewed by AM570 Kitchener on banning work email at home. 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)


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Overtime Rates & Transgender Rights

Overtime Rates to Increase October 1st   So much happens as summer turns to fall.  Students return to school, we pay more attention to the baseball standings to see whether the Blue Jays will make it to the ALCS, and overtime rates once again increase. October 1, 2016 marks the second increase to the minimum wage under the Stronger Workplaces […]


680 News Toronto: Stuart on Productivity and ‘Summer Brain’

Stuart speaks with 680 news’ Mike Eppel on ‘summer brain’ and the productivity issues some employers face during the warmer months. 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)


Overtime Pay: Smartphones, emails, and “voluntary” overtime

In my latest Canadian HR Law Blog post, I discussed issues of overtime and how employers can create liability by expecting additional work, particularly when it comes to email. In recent years, we have seen a few high-profile class-action claims for unpaid overtime. On a smaller scale, my colleagues in the employment law bar and I seem to be addressing […]


Myths Regarding Entitlement to Overtime

Just because employees are paid by annual salary doesn’t mean they’re not entitled to overtime pay Click To Tweet Just because someone is paid by annual salary does not automatically mean that they are not entitled to overtime pay. I will say that right up front, since it is one of those common misconceptions that will not go away. In […]


Overtime risks and misconceptions

In January 2012, I posted a discussion on my Canadian HR Law Blog about overtime risks, and it continues to be one of the most popular posts. Some key points include:   Overtime is not mandatory Overtime does not have to be authorized to be compensable Exemptions from entitlement to overtime pay are largely misunderstood (whether you are paid by […]



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