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What does Ontario’s State of Emergency and Stay at Home Order Mean for Workers?

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the rapid increase in cases throughout the province, the Government of Ontario has declared a second provincial emergency. Effective January 14, 2021, the…

Can Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination?

With the news of the release of a COVID-19 vaccine, many employees will have questions and/or concerns about what this means for them in the workplace context. While this is…

2021: Key Developments in Employment Law

With a new year comes new laws and regulations across Canada. These changes will impact employers and employees at both the federal and provincial levels, introducing better working conditions and…

The Cases That Shaped 2020: Employment Edition

There is no doubt that COVID-19 dominated the headlines in 2020. This included a range of significant employment law decisions at both the provincial and national levels. We have accordingly…

Employee Rights While Working From Home

With the holiday season in full swing and the announcement of new lockdown measures in Ontario, many employees will be carrying out their employment duties from home over the holiday…

Working Remotely Outside of Canada: What You Should Know

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March came an abrupt shift towards remote work among Canadian businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has therefore not only transformed the workplace, but…

Employment for Foreign Workers, Pt. 1: Getting to Canada

This blog is the first in a three-part series called ‘Employment for Foreign Workers’.  Between January and April of 2020, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) issued over 33,000 work…

If My Employment Is Terminated, Do I Still Get my Bonus?

Many employees rely on a range of sources of compensation. More and more employees are receiving multiple streams of compensation, including base salary and incentive compensation, such as performance bonuses…

I Have a Work Permit and My Employment Was Terminated: Now What?

A little known fact is that Canada issues thousands of temporary work permits each year.  While many foreigners are granted open work permits (which provides permission to work for almost…