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Buying or Selling Your Business and Employment Law

Thanks But No Thanks: Can Employees of the Vendor Company Reject an Offer of Employment from a Purchaser?

There is a reason that corporate lawyers often ask for input from their employment law colleagues when a business is in the process of being sold. The issue of what happens to employees upon the sale of a company can be highly complex and depends on the nature of the sale.
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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 that date, the Police Record…

Impact of selling business and employees

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 across many areas of the…

Employees entitled to earned bonuses

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 Superior Court of Justice in…

Types of Severance Pay when terminating employment

What’s in a Name? Exploring the Different Kinds of “Severance”

In Ontario, an employee’s termination or separation package can be made up of many different types of payments, including: statutory notice and/or Termination Pay, Severance Pay, and common law reasonable notice and/or pay in lieu of notice. All of these forms of compensation relating to dismissal are separate and distinct concepts. In this article, we will explain each one and the differences between them.
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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.
Fixed Term Employment Contracts

The Hidden Risks of Fixed-Term Contracts of Employment

In one of my blog post for First Reference Talks, I discussed the often misguided usage of fixed-term contracts and…