small claims court changes 2020

The Government of Ontario is making small claims easier, faster and more affordable to settle.

The Attorney General for Ontario recently announced that, effective January 1, 2020, there will be changes to the way claims are brought in Small Claims Court and under the Rules of Simplified Procedure.
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Don’t Accidentally Settle Your Severance Claim

If you've been given a severance offer, it can be risky to engage in informal negotiations with your former employer, because you risk entering into an agreement that won't be favourable to you.
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termination rule of thumb

Rule of Thumb for Notice Upon Termination? Don’t Count On It

If you are an employer or an employee, you have probably heard that the general rule of thumb when it comes to entitlement to notice upon termination is one month per year of service. Is that really true? What does the law have to say?
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The Hiring Process and Citizenship

Our human rights legislation is very clear: you cannot discriminate on the basis of citizenship or country of origin, so you should never have a field on your application form that asks where they're from, you should never be asking whether they are Canadian citizens, and you should never ask that in the hiring process at all.
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employer obligations election day

Employer Obligations on Election Day: You Don’t Get to Decide

As we approach the federal elections, it is important that employers understand their obligations and employees understand their rights when it comes to voting.
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canada labour code changes 2019

Changes to the Canada Labour Code – Effective September 1st 2019

On September 1, 2019, several changes to the Canada Labour Code came into force. These changes impact a number of labour standards including breaks and rest periods, vacation and vacation pay and leaves of absence.
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Termination Clauses

Termination clauses have had an ongoing saga in our courts with people challenging them and trying to avoid the implications of what they signed, which can have tremendous implications.
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“Not in Your Job Description” – Fired for Masturbating at Work

In the recent case of Unifor, Local 2215 and I.M.P. Group Ltd. (AB), Re, a Nova Scotia Arbitrator upheld the termination of an employee for cause and confirmed that progressive discipline is not “an invariable rule that must be followed in all cases regardless of the circumstances.”
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mediation mistakes

Mediation Mistakes: What Are Counsel Doing Wrong?

In many cases, lawyers are failing to use mediation effectively and doing a disservice to their clients.
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potential discrimination

When does hiring the “right person” for the job lead to potential discrimination?

When companies overlook an over-qualified visible minority for one that’s the “right fit", it can lead to potential discrimination.
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body art dress codes

Body Art and Dress Codes: How Much Say Does an Employer Have?

Are employers allowed to ask employees to cover up visible tattoos while on the job? Generally speaking, employers are entitled to set the rules of the workplace. However, there must always be a balance between personal rights and legitimate business interests.
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contracts length of service

Employee’s Length of Service Not Interrupted by Creative Use of “New” Corporate Structures

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released a decision confirming that courts will not be fooled by different corporate structures when an employee has, in reality, been employed with the same employer for years.
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