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Employer Obligations & Considerations on Election Day 2021

A federal election is taking place on September 20, 2021, and, as such, Canadians will be headed to the polls to elect their members to Parliament, and subsequently, elect the…

Ontario Directive on Vaccine Policies in Health Care Settings

The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health recently issued Directive #6 COVID-19 Vaccine Policy in Health Care Settings (the “Directive”) regarding the implementation of a mandatory vaccine policies for employees,…

Should My Employer Consider the Pandemic in My Severance Package?

Over the past year, employees, employers, and courts have been grappling with whether the COVID-19 pandemic should be a consideration in determining an employee’s notice and entitlements following a termination…

Update on Vaccines in the Workplace

The COVID-19 vaccine has become widely available with approximately 44% of eligible Ontarians now fully vaccinated. The increase in vaccination leads to more questions surrounding the enforceability of vaccination policies…

Canada Eases Covid-19 Quarantine Restrictions: What You Need to Know

The Public Health Agency of Canada has recently announced that as of 11:59 pm on July 5th, 2021, Canada will be easing its mandatory two-week quarantine restrictions on non-essential travel.…

Mental Health in the Workplace: Understanding Your Rights

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada, with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health estimating that at least 500,000 Canadians miss work every week due to…

I have been temporarily laid off: Can I receive a severance package?

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extremely high levels of layoffs. There are, in essence, two types of layoffs: temporary and permanent. In the event of a permanent layoff, the…

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Set to Expire in July

Over the past year, Ontario implemented the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave regulation. The leave essentially paused the typical employer liabilities in relation to temporary layoffs, reduced hours, and reduced wages…

Rights and Obligations: Health and Safety of Foreign Workers

The importance of permanent immigration to Canada’s prosperity is well understood. What is less well known is the critical role that temporary foreign workers play in Canada’s economic prosperity. For…