Answers to Top 5 Employment Questions Regarding Ontario’s Stay-at-Home Order

 Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Ontario government issued a province-wide Stay-at-Home order. This is the third state of emergency under the Emergency and Civil Protection Act. The government’s Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to stay at home except for permitted purposes such as going grocery shopping, visiting the doctor, exercising, or attending to specific important and …

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What To Do If You Are Experiencing Workplace Harassment

The resignation in January 2021 of the Governor General of Canada has brought workplace harassment and toxic work environments into the center of public conversation. Employees can often feel powerless in the face of workplace harassment, particularly if the comments or actions are coming from a superior. Read on to learn what the legal options …

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Monkhouse Law Successful in Arguing Termination Clause Unenforceable

Termination clauses in employment contracts are an employer’s best defense against owing significant notice to employees upon termination. The recent Ontario Superior Court decision of Ojo v. Crystal Claire Cosmetics Inc, 2021 ONSC 1428, represents yet another crack in this ever-weakening armor. In Ojo the termination clause was found to be unenforceable, entitling the employee …

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Unionized Workers in Ontario

Unionized employees have different rights and recourses available to them than non-unionized employees. Their employment relationship is likely to be subjected to the detailed provision of a collective agreement. Unionized employees are prohibited from starting a court proceeding outsides of those terms and conditions contained in their collective agreement. A collective agreement stipulates the employment …

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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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