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Year in Review: The most significant developments in Canadian employment law in 2017

Year in Review: The most significant developments in Canadian employment law in 2017

We have done our best to identify the developments in 2017 that we think had, or will have, the most significant impact upon Canadian employment law. They are reviewed below, and as usual, we refuse to be limited to a “top 10” format.
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But How Do I Prove It? Evidence Required for Claims of Mental Distress

But How Do I Prove It? Evidence Required for Claims of Mental Distress

In June of last year, the Supreme Court of Canada released their unanimous decision in…

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Bill 148: Big Changes Ahead for Employees and Employers in Ontario

Bill 148: Big Changes Ahead for Employees and Employers in Ontario

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (better known as Bill 148) was passed into law on November 27, 2017, which means some significant changes are already in effect for both employers and employees, with many more on the horizon.
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Do as you say: Breach-of-confidentiality clauses in settlement

Do as you say: Breach-of-confidentiality clauses in settlement

Employers should abide by the strict terms of any settlement agreements Despite what TV shows…

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Holidays in the Workplace

Holidays in the Workplace

In one of my Canadian HR Law Blog post, I discussed the myriad of issues…

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Do’s and Dont’s for Employees on Social Media

Do’s and Dont’s for Employees on Social Media

Although social media is such an integral part of our society, its practices can still…

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Do it right or don’t do it at all

Do it right or don’t do it at all

The Court of Appeal of Ontario revisits termination clauses Over the last few years, we…

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The Hidden Risks of Fixed-Term Contracts of Employment

The Hidden Risks of Fixed-Term Contracts of Employment

In one of my blog post for First Reference Talks, I discussed the often misguided…

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Bus driver fired after police caught her using her cellphone while behind the wheel

Bus driver fired after police caught her using her cellphone while behind the wheel

Just Cause for Dismissal? This Fall, a daycare bus driver in Surrey, BC was fired…

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When can an employer ask for an independent medical examination?

When can an employer ask for an independent medical examination?

The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that in certain circumstances, it is reasonable for…

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The same conduct may ground an award of damages for sexual harassment and moral damages

The same conduct may ground an award of damages for sexual harassment and moral damages

Earlier this month, we wrote a blog post on the Weinstein scandal and sexual harassment.…

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If It Looks Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck…

If It Looks Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck…

Just because you call yourself a contractor, or you treat your worker as one, does…

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