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Who is Entitled to Severance Pay in Ontario & How Much?

Who is Entitled to Severance Pay in Ontario & How Much?

Most people have heard the term “severance pay” or “severance package,” however, not many know the legal definition, when they are entitled to severance pay, what/how much they are entitled to for severance pay and what to do if an employer does not provide them the...

Pay Cut Laws: Can My Employer Reduce My Wages in Ontario?

Pay Cut Laws: Can My Employer Reduce My Wages in Ontario?

The answer is yes; an employer can reduce your wages in Ontario, as they can in other Canadian provinces. Employers are allowed to make minor changes to your employment, including small reductions in your pay (with exceptions). They can also make significant changes...

The Right to Disconnect in Canada: Everything You Need to Know

The Right to Disconnect in Canada: Everything You Need to Know

On December 2, 2021, the Ontario government amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000, (ESA), when it passed Bill 27, known as the Working for Workers Act, 2021. The amendment made headlines primarily because it was purportedly giving Ontario workers the “right to...

What is a Performance Improvement Plan & What Does it Entail?

What is a Performance Improvement Plan & What Does it Entail?

A performance improvement plan (PIP) can be a legitimate management tool used to help employees shore up deficiencies in their speed or quality of work, or to address any behaviour-related concerns. It can also be used as an excuse to fire an employee for cause when...

After an LTD Claim Gets Denied: What to Expect & What to Do

After an LTD Claim Gets Denied: What to Expect & What to Do

Having your claim for long-term disability benefits denied or your benefits terminated, adds to an already stressful situation. It’s important to know, however, that you still have an opportunity to get the benefits you need, but there’s a time limit on your options...

Why Long-Term Disability Claims Get Denied by Insurance Companies

Why Long-Term Disability Claims Get Denied by Insurance Companies

Injuries and illnesses happen to everyone. But what if someone is severely injured in an accident that requires months of full-time medical care or develops a condition so overwhelming that they can no longer perform routine tasks? Many employer and self-provided...

Heart Disease on the COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List

Heart Disease on the COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List

Heart Disease on the Covid-19 Vaccine Priority List by Linda Noorafkan, Employment and Disability Lawyer COVID-19 isn’t the world’s leading cause of death. It’s heart disease.[1] Heart disease is such a risky condition that, in November 2020, the National Advisory...

Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws in Canada

Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws in Canada

One in four women and 17% of men experienced sexual misconduct while in the workplace in Canada in 2020. Realistically, those numbers are probably higher. Employers are legally required to provide a safe, harassment-free workplace. Nobody should have to endure sexual...

$170,000 Awarded in HRTO Case Involving Sexual Assault

$170,000 Awarded in HRTO Case Involving Sexual Assault

In April 2020, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “HRTO”) awarded $170,000 to a terminated employee that engaged in a sexual relationship with her supervisor. Compared to other decisions at the HRTO, this was a high award. But what led to the award? Let’s...

$170,000 Awarded in HRTO Case Involving Sexual Assault

$170,000 Awarded in HRTO Case Involving Sexual Assault

In April 2020, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “HRTO”) awarded $170,000 to a terminated employee that engaged in a sexual relationship with her supervisor. Compared to other decisions at the HRTO, this was a high award. But what led to the award? Let’s...

Your Guide to COVID 19 & Employment Rights in Canada

Your Guide to COVID 19 & Employment Rights in Canada

The COVID-19  pandemic changed the course of history almost overnight. In a matter of days, governments were scrambling to figure out how to stop the spread and keep people safe, and business owners were left wondering how they were going to survive. With these...

COVID-19 and Temporary Lay-Offs: What Can I Do?

COVID-19 and Temporary Lay-Offs: What Can I Do?

Many Canadians are finding themselves out of job during the coronavirus pandemic.  While many have been outright dismissed from their employment, some workers were told that the lay-off is temporary and that their employer expects to call them back.  Here, we will...

COVID-19 and Temporary Layoffs: What Are Your Risks?

COVID-19 and Temporary Layoffs: What Are Your Risks?

There are no shortage of newspaper articles, blogs, etc. commenting on the legality of temporary layoffs.  Many are from law firms. A number of articles state that a lay off (even during unprecedented times like these) is a construction dismissal or termination.  In...

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