April 15, 2020

Guest post by Rudner Law

The impact of the COVID-19 virus on our society and our economy has been devastating. Many businesses have closed completely and many more are suffering dramatically reduced revenues. As they try to find ways to reduce their costs, they look to their workforce. As a result, many individuals have either been temporarily laid off or had their hours and/or wages cut.

April 13, 2020

Parliament reconvened Saturday to pass the government’s wage subsidy bill. Caryn Ceolin with what it’ll mean for you if you’ve lost your paycheque, and when you could see money flowing if you’re a business.

April 2, 2020

For decades, we have had an underlying tension in the world of employment law. Specifically, although employment standards legislation sets out the parameters for how a business can impose temporary layoffs, it does not give businesses the right to do so. The legislation explains how long a layoff can last, and other parameters such as when it will be deemed to be a termination of employment, but the right to impose a temporary layoff must come from contract.

April 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has left employers and employees “in unchartered territory” when it comes to their rights, says Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner.

March 26, 2020

In this post, we try to address some of the main questions and concerns you may have as an employer or employee in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that you will find this general information useful, but want to stress the importance of obtaining independent legal advice with respect to your individual circumstances. And, of course, things are moving very quickly in relation to this pandemic and the information below may change as the situation evolves.

Businesses – particularly retailers and others that have been forced to shut down according to government orders – could also argue that the employment contract has been “frustrated,” meaning it is impossible to perform as there is no work to do. In that case, there would be no obligation to pay severance, said Stuart Rudner, founder of Rudner Law, an employment law firm in Toronto.

March 25, 2020

There are no specific rules outlined for essential businesses that are allowed to operate, leaving some workers questioning if they’ll have the right to refuse if appropriate safety measures aren’t in place.

Ford says they do.

“If you don’t feel safe, walk off the site and call the Ministry of Labour.”

But one employment lawyer says it’s not that simple.

“There’s always been a right to refuse unsafe work in our occupational health and safety legislation,” Stuart Rudner told CityNews.

Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner told the Star that many businesses don’t have the right to lay their employees off, and he thinks there may be a wave of wrongful dismissal lawsuits in the coming weeks or months.

March 23, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many Canadians having been temporarily laid, employment lawyer Stuart Rudner says it’s important to have frank conversations with your employers and pay attention to what’s in your contract.

As industry leaders, Ultimate Software is committed to providing employers with the latest advice on the unfolding COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

As such, HRD spoke to Stuart Rudner, employment lawyer, mediator and founder of Rudner Law, who will lead Ultimate’s upcoming webinar, “Navigating COVID-19 in Canada.”