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Don’t Call It A Comeback: What happens when the #metoo accused resurface

This time last year, comedian Louis CK's career was on top of the world. He had several television production deals in the works, his live appearances could sell out practically any venue, and he was beginning to take on dramatic film work as well. Then, as the #metoo movement began to gain steam, CK admitted to the truth of numerous accuser's stories - that he had committed numerous acts of sexual misconduct and indecent exposure. CK's career success came to an instant halt.
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Personal Emergency Leave in Ontario

Prior to January 1st, 2018, employers with 50 or more employees were obligated to provide employees with ten unpaid “Personal Emergency” days. Bill 148 eliminated the 50 employee threshold, and introduced a new requirement that the first two days of the ten-day entitlement be paid.
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When Can an Employer Consider an Employment Contract “Frustrated”?

An employee being away from the workplace for a significant length of time is often a frustrating experience for both employers and employees - but when will this situation actually result in the frustration of the employment contract itself?
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Potential Damages in Wrongful Dismissal

Usually when we talk about damages for wrongful dismissal, we look at the number of months, we try to calculate what a month is worth and we take into account salary, bonuses, commission, benefits, car allowance, pension, etc. And when we negotiate a settlement, we might throw in a token amount for the cost of finding new work, but that's usually an afterthought.
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Limitation Periods

At Rudner Law we are often asked how long someone has to bring a wrongful dismissal claim. In Ontario, the answer is 2 years, but the more important question is, when does that time period start to run. The answer to that question can mean the difference between being able to advance your claim and being told you can't, even if it was perfectly legitimate, and might be worth a whole lot of money. It's critical that you get this right, and two recent cases provide examples where plaintiffs waited unknowingly and missed a limitation period, and therefore were not able to pursue their claim.
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To Record or Not to Record

You have probably heard of the Omarosa / Trump story by now. Put simply, reality TV star and former White House special assistant Omarosa Manigault Newman surreptitiously recorded conversations between President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly. While we do not know how the recordings were captured, this does raise questions about whether employees can - and more importantly, whether they should - record conversations in their workplace.
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Termination Clauses

Over the past few years, we have seen countless cases in which dismissed employees have argued that, for one reason or another, they should not be held to the terms of the termination clause in their employment agreement. While the cases have taken a variety of approaches and made it difficult to identify a guiding principle that would withstand the next decision, the recent trend seems to be a willingness to enforce the intent of the parties.
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Police Record Checks – New Law on Background Checks

On November 1, 2018, the process for conducting police record checks will change dramatically. On…

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Sale of Business and the Effect on Employees

If a business is sold and the new owner keeps the employees, have they entered into a new contract of employment? This is a question that we are asked all the time and the answer, as it often is, is that “it depends”. The primary factor in the analysis will be the nature of the sale; was it a share purchase or an asset purchase.
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You Received Your Job Offer – Now What?

You have submitted your job application. Gone through the interview process. Waited eagerly to hear back from your potential employer. And now, you have finally received your job offer! Surely, you must be ecstatic, especially if it’s a job you really want. It will be very easy to simply accept the offer and move on with your life. So, now what?
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employee benefits

The Greater Benefit Prevails: USW, Local 2020 and Bristol Machine Works Ltd. (Bristol Machine)

In Ontario, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) governs an employee’s rights and entitlements…

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human resources

The Human Side of Human Resources

Those in “Human Resources” often suffer from an existential dilemma, unsure as to whether they should be seen as part of management, a representative of the workers, or something in between.
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