COVID-19 and the Workplace

Whether you are an employer or an employee, this unprecedented set of circumstances has raised a lot of difficult questions. If you are unsure of your rights and obligations, we are here to help.

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The Rudner Law Small Business Starter Package

Stuart and the team are very excited to announce a brand new offering: The Rudner Law Small Business Starter Package.
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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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Can your employer change your benefits package without notice or consideration?

Imagine that you have a great benefits package with your employer. Suddenly, your employer announced that they are changing your benefits package; can your employer do this without notice or consideration?
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Is This The End? Video Update on Employee Resignations

The courts in Canada have repeatedly emphasized that in order for an employee's resignation to be effective, it has to be clear, unambiguous, and voluntary.
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Off-Duty Conduct and the High Threshold for Summary Dismissal

While some off-duty conduct can justify discipline and even dismissal, the recent case of Hydro One Inc. and Power Workers’ Union Union (HO-T-3737) confirms that the threshold for summary dismissal is high, and that even driving a company car while off-duty and drunk may not be enough. The decision also confirmed the importance of considering all mitigating factors, including addiction.
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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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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 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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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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