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New Rules Coming into Force for Ontario Employers Requiring Criminal Record Checks

As of November 1, 2018, Ontario will be the first province in Canada with a comprehensive legislative regime governing criminal record checks. Employers across the province should be looking ahead…

Employer Obligations under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017

Given the upcoming changes to Canadian law to allow for the legal use of recreational marijuana, serious questions about the implications of marijuana in the workplace are beginning to surface.…

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…

Wrongful Dismissal and the Duty to Mitigate

The duty of an employee to mitigate damages after a termination of employment can be a serious point of contention in a wrongful dismissal claim. How can an employer demonstrate…

Two Sides to Every Story

Having your employment terminated can understandably be a stressful experience. This is particularly the case where an employee does not fully understand their legal rights.  The Alberta Court of Queen’s…

Employee Rights During the Upcoming Provincial Election

June 7, 2018 marks election day for the province of Ontario. Nearing the election, employees and employers often wonder what their rights and obligations are surrounding the election, especially regarding…

Ontario Ministry of Labour Returning to Pre Bill 148 Public Holiday Formula

Following feedback and discussion with stakeholders, the Ontario Government has announced that it will, at least temporarily, revoke a controversial change to the public holiday pay formula recently introduced by…

New Changes to Canada’s Medical Inadmissibility Policies

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced long-awaited changes to its application of the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and related changes to…

Understanding Employment Law 03

Duty to Investigate Workplace Issues Many employers will be aware of the need to investigate allegations of workplace human rights abuses. The duty to investigate is, however, not one limited…