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Termination & the Duty to Mitigate: Five Frequently Asked Questions

If an employee chooses to file a claim for wrongful dismissal or constructive dismissal against their former employer, a court will generally examine the efforts made by the former employee…

Pornography at work: Just Cause for Termination?

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice (“the court”) decision in Tagg Industries v. Rieder, serves as a sobering reminder of the high threshold employers must meet in order to terminate…

Immigration Canada Relaxes Post-Graduation Work Permit Program Guidelines

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has imposed new guidelines, effective for all post-graduation work permit applications received on or after February 14, 2019. Note that for all applications received before…

Changes to Canada Labour Code Set to Come into Effect in 2019

Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act, No. 2 (the “Bill”), received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. The Bill, affects federally-regulated workplaces under the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) and…

Human Rights Update: Bills Tabled Addressing Genetic Characteristics, Police Records, and Immigration Status

Two Bills proposing significant amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code were recently tabled by the Ontario Legislature. Should the Bills pass and become law, new non-discrimination obligations for provincially…

Police Record Checks: Changes for Employers Coming November 1, 2018

Bill 113, Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (the “Act”) will come into effect in Ontario on November 1, 2018. The Act will standardize the process for conducting police record…

Canada Expands Biometrics Requirements for Some Travellers

Starting July 31st, 2018, European, Middle Eastern and African citizens applying for a visitor visa, work/study permit, permanent residence, or refugee or asylum status must submit biometric information (photograph and…

26 Months’ Notice Awarded in Recent Ontario Superior Court Case

In a recent Ontario Superior Court (“Court”) case Justice Favreau ruled in favour of the Plaintiffs in finding that they were entitled to 26 months’ notice and did not act…

Marijuana in the Workplace: HRTO Confirms That There is No Absolute Right to Use at Work

In a recent decision at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”), the HRTO confirmed that there is no absolute right to the use of medical marijuana in the workplace…