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Working Notice in Ontario

Working Notice in Ontario

If an employer wants to end an employment contract without cause in Ontario, and the employee has worked with them for at least 90 days, the employee is entitled to a minimum amount of notice that their job is going to be ending on a specific date in the future (the...

The Employment Standards Act

The Employment Standards Act

Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) is one of the main sources of employment laws in Ontario. For almost every worker in Ontario, it outlines their minimum rights in the workplace and covers most aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Learn about your...

Your Guide to Stress Leave in Ontario

Your Guide to Stress Leave in Ontario

Stress is a part of life that, in small doses, can be healthy as it helps us perform under pressure to meet deadlines, deliver presentations, arrive on time, etc. Unfortunately, for far too many people, stress is constant, and when it builds up over time, it can lead...

Vacation Pay in Ontario: What You Need to Know

Vacation Pay in Ontario: What You Need to Know

With Thanksgiving weekend around the corner, the unofficial start of the holiday season begins. As we look ahead and start making plans, holiday shopping and sending out invitations, another important consideration is booking your vacation at work if you haven't done...

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...

What Qualifies for Long-Term Disability in Canada?

What Qualifies for Long-Term Disability in Canada?

Long-term disability (LTD) benefits are paid out by insurance companies according to the policy purchased by a worker, their union/association or their employer, and each has specific rules regarding how you qualify for long-term disability benefits. The general rule...

How to Apply for Long-Term Disability

How to Apply for Long-Term Disability

One of the many things the COVID-19 pandemic made crystal clear, if it wasn't already, is that our health is often out of our control. Be it mental or physical, illnesses and injuries are mostly unexpected and can completely disrupt our lives, especially conditions...

What is the Accessible Canada Act and Who Does it Benefit?

What is the Accessible Canada Act and Who Does it Benefit?

On June 20, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-81 in Parliament, an Act intended to create a barrier-free Canada by 2040, known as the Accessible Canada Act. The Accessible Canada Act (ACA)  received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019, and became law on July...

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...

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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