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2018 Year in Review

Sex, Drugs and…Termination Clauses?

While 2017 brought about sweeping changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, 2018…brought about sweeping changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000. While 2017 brought about employer panic and confusion over the legalization of cannabis, 2018… continued to do much the same. For yet another year, we were treated to several judicial assessments of the enforceability of termination clauses, and we continued to see the quantums of human rights and other damages increase. In a sense, everything old is new again.

Legal Influencer

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.

Dismissal for Cause

The Need for Clear Warning Before Dismissal

As my latest First Reference Talks blog post recounts, I have often discussed the need…

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AM570 Kitchener: Stuart on Banning Work Email on Weekends

Stuart is interviewed by AM570 Kitchener on banning work email at home.

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Little judicial tolerance for zero tolerance policies

Just because there is a zero tolerance policy in place, employers should not assume that…

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680 News Toronto: Stuart on Productivity and ‘Summer Brain’

Stuart speaks with 680 news' Mike Eppel on 'summer brain' and the productivity issues some…

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Toronto Star Tragedy Shines Light on Perils of Office Romances

Stuart comments to CityNews Toronto on office romances and policies that protect workplaces.

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Interpretation and enforcement of probationary periods in employment contracts

When hiring a new employee, employers will often characterize the first several months of employment…

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Negotiating the severance package

In many dismissals without cause, the parties engage in extended negotiations regarding the severance package…

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Terminating a Fixed-Term Contract of Employment

In previous blog posts, I have discussed the dangers of Fixed-term Contracts, The Hidden Risks of…

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Discipline for Off-Duty Conduct

In my latest Canadian HR Law blog post, I tackled the controversial issue of whether…

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Workplace privacy: how far can your employer go?

Can employers search the content of your workplace computer, tablet or smartphone? What if you…

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Stuart on BNN’s The Close: What you say outside of work can get you fired

Recently, Stuart was invited to appear on BNN and discuss off-duty conduct and how employees…

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Common Termination Traps to Avoid

In my latest First Reference Talks blog post, I discuss common "termination traps" that employers…

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