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Category Archives: Overtime

Overtime Pay in Ontario – the Surprising Bare Truths: Part 2

Can An Employee Be Forced to Work Overtime? In accordance with s. 17(1) of the ESA, the maximum number of hours an employee can work in one week is 48 hours, and not more than 8 hours a day (or where a regular work day is longer than 8 hours, longer than the regular work day).  However, if the employer […]

Overtime Pay in Ontario – the Surprising Bare Truths: Part 1

The concept of overtime pay conjures up many misconceptions for both employers and employees.  Based on our experience, the two biggest misconceptions appear to be which employees qualify for overtime pay, and whether an employee can be forced to work overtime at all.  Acting on incorrect assumptions can lead to costly payouts on the part of employers on one hand, […]

Latest Chapter In Employment Law: Potentially Dramatic Changes To Employment Legislation And Another Court Of Appeal Decision On Termination Clauses

In this edition of The Latest Chapter, we discuss the Changing Workplaces Review, which could trigger the most significant reforms to Ontario’s employment and labour law statutes in decades. We also note the Ontario Court of Appeal’s latest decision in Wood v Deeley, which could significantly impact how employment agreements and termination provisions are drafted and enforced in Ontario. The […]

Curbing the Email Epidemic

Technology has connected the world, and completely changed the way we work. Along with providing a number of useful tools to make things easier, the dawn of the email age has provided an avenue for people to be “connected” at all times. Having access to email on smartphones, while handy, is often accompanied by the temptation to be available 24/7, […]

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 […]

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 […]