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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...

What is Sick Leave in Ontario & How Does it Work?

What is Sick Leave in Ontario & How Does it Work?

The term "sick leave" is used by most people to refer to any time taken off work when someone is too sick or has an injury and has to stay home. But sick leave actually refers to a specific type of leave that is spelled out in either an employment contract or federal...

How Does Age Affect My Severance Pay?

How Does Age Affect My Severance Pay?

How Does Age Affect My Severance Pay? By David Ertl, LL.B. – Employment Lawyer Apart from length of service, your age at the time of termination is the most important factor in determining how much common law severance pay you are entitled to.  Generally, the amount...

11 Signs of a Sham Performance Improvement Plan

11 Signs of a Sham Performance Improvement Plan

11 Signs of a Sham Performance Improvement Plan Author: David Ertl, Employment Lawyer In the vast majority of cases, Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) are designed to get rid of employees. As an employment lawyer with over 16 years’ experience, here are my top...

4 Important Facts About Negative Performance Reviews

4 Important Facts About Negative Performance Reviews

4 Important Facts About Negative Performance Reviews Author: David Ertl, Employment Lawyer Receiving an unwarranted negative performance review is one sign that your employer is aiming to dismiss you, or else, convince you to quit. Here are some tips regarding...

Parental Leave in Ontario – Frequently Asked Questions

Parental Leave in Ontario – Frequently Asked Questions

Parental Leave in Ontario - Frequently Asked Questions Author: David Ertl, Employment Lawyer What is parental leave? In Ontario, parental leave is an absence from work commencing after the baby is born. Section 48 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 explains who is...

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...

COVID-19 Causing Stroke – Even Amongst Youth

COVID-19 Causing Stroke – Even Amongst Youth

COVID-19 Causing Stroke - Even Amongst Youth by Linda Noorafkan - Employment and Disability Lawyer Younger Canadians may think that they’re immune to COVID-19 effects. This is far from the truth. Recently, Riley Behrens, a 23-year-old in Arizona, suffered from a...

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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