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What You’re Entitled to During a Mental Health Leave

What You’re Entitled to During a Mental Health Leave

Prioritizing mental health, especially in the workplace, has become a topic of conversation and an issue that governments, corporations and NGOs have been working to raise awareness around to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues. However, raising...

What is Frustration of Contract in Ontario?

What is Frustration of Contract in Ontario?

Simply put, in contract law, the frustration of a contract happens when one or more parties to the contract are unable to fulfil their contractual obligations due to unforeseeable circumstances outside of their control. As employment is based on an employment...

Your Guide to Overtime Pay in Ontario

Your Guide to Overtime Pay in Ontario

Minus some exceptions to the rule, Ontario workers are entitled to overtime pay at 1.5 times their normal rate of pay (a.k.a 'time and a half') for every hour worked over 44 hours in a week. This applies to hourly and salaried employees and those who earn commissions....

What is an Arbitration Clause in Ontario?

What is an Arbitration Clause in Ontario?

An arbitration clause in an Ontario employment contract stipulates that you agree to use a binding arbitration hearing to settle disputes arising from the employment contract instead of the court system. People are understandably excited to receive an offer of...

Am I Still Employed While on Long-Term Disability in Canada

Am I Still Employed While on Long-Term Disability in Canada

Yes, you are still employed while on long-term disability (LTD) in Canada. You continue to enjoy the same employment rights while on long-term disability as when you are in the workplace. And while employers can generally terminate an employee at any time, it is...

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...

What to Expect When Returning to Work After Disability Leave

What to Expect When Returning to Work After Disability Leave

If you've been away from work for a significant amount of time while you were on long-term disability (LTD) leave, you may understandably feel anxious and unsure of what to expect if you're returning to work. In this post, you'll learn about how a return-to-work plan...

Am I Still Employed While on Long-Term Disability in Canada

Am I Still Employed While on Long-Term Disability in Canada

Yes, you are still employed while on long-term disability (LTD) in Canada. You continue to enjoy the same employment rights while on long-term disability as when you are in the workplace. And while employers can generally terminate an employee at any time, it is...

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...

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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