Monkhouse Law

Employment Lawyers at Monkhouse Law specialize in Employment Law, Human Rights Law, and Disability Insurance Law. We serve employees, independent contractors and employers, and strive to get optimal results for every client through skilled advocacy and research on each matter. We have successfully represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Superior Court, the Divisional Appeals Court, and the Court of Appeal as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Disability Related Absenteeism – Your Employer Has a Duty To Accommodate You

Where an employee has a disability, which interferes with the performance of a job requirement, human rights legislation requires employers to accommodate the employee to the point of undue hardship. Accommodation refers to changing the workplace or the employee’s working conditions in a way that ensures the employee is not unfairly excluded or disciplined based …

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Severance Package: Beware of Employer Pressure & Time Limit for Signing

If you have just been terminated and offered severance pay, you may feel pressured to sign a severance package under stress within an unreasonably short time frame. Your entitlements will not be voided if you do not sign a severance package right away. Short deadlines may be a tactic used by employers to get employees …

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Supreme Court Is Clear: Reasonable Notice Much More Than Lost Wage

Workers are often offered compensation in their employment package which is separate from wages and benefits. This can include long-term incentive plans (LTIP), stock options, restricted share units, bonuses and other non-traditional compensation structures. They are appealing because they can be a sizable addition to salary and have potential to grow over time. The catch, …

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Reprisal or Wrongful Dismissal?

Employers are prohibited from penalizing or threatening to penalize employees in any way for asserting or asking about their rights under employment legislation. An example of reprisal is when an employee complains to the Ministry of Labour that their employer is not paying overtime, and, in response, the employee is reassigned to a different position. The …

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Short Term Disability Ontario: Know Your Rights

Short-term disability insurance is an income replacement for employees while away from work for a brief, defined period and unable to perform their own job due to disability or illness. Read on to learn about your options regarding short term disability. Who qualifies for short-term disability? As long as an employee has short-term disability benefits …

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Continuity of Employment and Calculating Notice of Termination

An employee’s entitlements to notice on termination, either their minimum entitlements under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) or common law reasonable notice, are primarily dependent upon the length of service. But what happens if an employee has been with the same employer and there was a break in the continuity of service? How should notice …

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Contract Employees Ontario | What You Need To Know

Most employers hire employees on a contract for an indefinite term. Some employers, however, hire employees on a contract for a fixed term, called “fixed-term contract employees”.  Fixed-term contract employees may be defined not only by a definite period of time but also by the duration of a specific task or by a specified event. …

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Fixed Term Employment Contract and Damages on Termination

Given the current economic climate, hiring employees with fixed term employment contracts may appear quite appealing because business needs may change by the end of the term. However, it is important to remember that if the contract is terminated early, it may entitle employees to contractual damages that would put them in the same situation …

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