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Stuart Rudner recognised as Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law by Lexology

Stuart has been recognised as the only Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law in the first Lexology Awards, announced in October 2018.

Relying on a bespoke automated process to analyse Lexology data, the Lexology Awards reward those who produce great legal content for their subscribers. At the end of each quarter, individual authors are recognised as Legal Influencers, and law firms or contributors as Thought Leaders.

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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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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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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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Can An Employer Do Anything About Negative Online Reviews?

What can an employer do about negative online reviews? What if they border on being defamatory?
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Bonus Payments During the Notice Period: Yay or Nay? The Court of Appeal Provides Clarity

Earlier this year, we took an in depth look at the decision of the Ontario…

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How To Help Prevent Workplace Harassment After #MeToo

Since the Ghomeshi scandal a few years back, our office has seen the number of sexual harassment cases increase substantially. That number has only risen since Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement that followed it.
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Drinking and Driving May NOT be Cause for Dismissal

Previous court decisions have confirmed that an employee’s conduct outside of work may form the basis for the termination of their employment. However, not all misconduct outside of work will constitute just cause, as confirmed in the recent British Columbia Supreme Court case of Klonteig v. District of West Kelowna, 2018 BCSC 124.
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Ontario Going Retro on Statutory Holiday Pay

As readers will know, the Government of Ontario introduced a plethora of changes to its…

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How To Help Keep Young Workers Safe In The Workplace

April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme is the safety and health of young workers, and the end of child labour. As spring approaches, many Canadian teens and young adults are searching for summer or part-time jobs. Such jobs help our youth gain the skills, experience, and independence they need to transition into adulthood. But these workers - ages 15 to 24 - are more vulnerable than adults to the occupational health and safety risks that result in injury, illness, and even death.
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