September 10, 2020

High-pressure, long hours, intensely competitive – preconceptions about private practice abound. Given that this setting runs the gamut in terms of business size, roles and specialties, it’s no wonder that it offers no universal experience or that it presents at least as many unexpected opportunities as it does predictable challenges. We asked OBA members what has surprised them most about private practice. Their answers might surprise you, in turn.

The importance of an employee’s duty to mitigate their damages by taking reasonable steps to find new employment cannot be overstated. Where an employee is found to have failed to mitigate their damages, their entitlement to damages may be significantly reduced.

So what happens if an employee is too sick to look for new work? Does that count as a failure to mitigate?

September 8, 2020

Our "Back to School 2020: COVID-19 Edition" is featured in this month's HR Carnival.

September 1, 2020

Looking out for workplace health and safety had never been more important, as HR leaders are constantly looking to safeguard employee wellbeing in this time of crisis.

Speaking to HRD Canada, Stuart Rudner, founder of employment law firm Rudner Law, explained the potential ramifications of employees catching the virus at work.

August 31, 2020

The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is “more accessible to more businesses,” says Toronto-area employment lawyer Brittany Taylor, who encourages employers to take advantage of the program.

Taylor, a partner at Rudner Law, says the update means “more employers qualifying to help more employees,” while noting the new structure may be confusing to some.

August 26, 2020

Canadian parents going back to the office are facing the possibility of entering a two-week quarantine if their child is exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom.

Stuart Rudner, an employment lawyer from Toronto, says, “[Parents] shouldn’t have to worry about losing their job,” if their kids get sick.

August 19, 2020

The world has changed dramatically over the past few months, but one thing that has not changed is that employees don’t have the option to “decline” to come to work on a regular workday. What has changed, though, is that a substantial number of employees seem to think they have this discretion, and a surprising number of employers don’t think they can do anything about it.

Stuart Rudner, an employment lawyer of nearly 20 years, said he’s been busy answering questions from employees and employers about COVID-19.

“The simple answer is, ‘Yes, you have to go back to work.’ But there are a couple of exceptions. And one of those exceptions is the right to refuse unsafe work,” Rudner said.

August 7, 2020

We all know that “character of employment” is one of the core factors when assessing the period of reasonable notice, but how much of an impact does it have?

July 28, 2020

Welcome to another round of Carnival of HR. Hosted by Voice of HR, this month focuses on what organizations have learned recently, or innovations that they’ve put forward.
As work continues to evolve, businesses will be challenged on the very definition of “employee.” Stuart Rudner highlights recent court decisions that the business world needs to be aware of.