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New Open Work Permit to Combat Employee Abuse in the Workplace

The number of foreign workers in Canada has grown exponentially over the past decade.  While the influx of skills that foreign workers bring has greatly benefitted the country, like any…

Termination of Employment and Foreign Workers

It is hardly news that Canada has one of the most diverse populations in the world.  A large part of the reason for this is the diversity of programs aimed…

Employment Law Essentials Pt. 1: Choosing an Employment Lawyer

Many people’s first interaction with the legal system comes when they experience problems related to their workplace (workplace harassment, wrongful dismissal, issues with human rights, or bonus pay & stock…

End-of-Year Reminder: Review your Occupational Health and Safety Policies Annually

As the year comes to an end, it is important for employers to check in on their existing workplace policies and make sure that they are compliant. Ontario’s Occupational Health…

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Upcoming Compliance Standards

Governments across Canada are placing increased pressure on employers to ensure that their workplaces are both accessible and accommodating to individuals with a range of disabilities.  The aim is to…

Alcohol and Holiday Parties – A Cocktail for Success or Regret?

The holiday season is here again and with it comes holiday parties.  It is, therefore, a good time to consider the complex issue of alcohol and the workplace.  Unfortunately, what…

Buzz Kill: Q & A’s on Cannabis at Work

With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis edibles, there is renewed concern about employee rights to cannabis use, but before employee’s puff-puff-pass in the staff room, they should consider the…

Employment Law, Human Rights & Foreign Workers

This summer we wrote about the decision in Haseeb v. Imperial Oil Limited where the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) confirmed that employers may not impose requirements on job…

Understanding Employee Voting Rights on Election Day

Canada goes to the polls on October 21, 2019, and as such, it is an opportune time to review employee and employer rights and responsibilities on election day. This is…