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Excessive Demand for Particulars and Improper Conduct by Counsel Can Be Grounds for Elevated Costs

In the recent case of Certified Equipment Sales v. Iuorio, 2024 ONSC 2948, Justice Verner addressed a motion for particulars related to the Defendant/Responding Party’s (“responding party”) Statement of Defence and Counterclaim. The decision highlights the importance of appropriate demands for particulars and the consequences of improper conduct during legal proceedings. Background The responding party […]

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Federal Court affirms Employment Insurance Commission’s decision to disentitle EI benefits

In the complex realm of administrative law, the recent ruling by the Federal Court sheds light on the intricacies of employment insurance (EI) entitlements. Mr. Puig, an international student seeking regular EI benefits, found himself embroiled in a legal dispute after being disentitled from benefits in March 2021 due to study permit restrictions. Exploring the

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Court of Appeal upholds standard: Establishing link between employment, workplace injuries

The plaintiff ceased working in 2002 due to the deterioration of his vision in the course of his employment as a butcher; he was exposed to chemicals and suffered blows to the head from hanging hooks. The subsequent year he applied for disability benefits under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). An optometrist medical examiner, Dr.

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Legal Working Age in Ontario

The legal working age in Ontario is defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (”OHSA”). It outlines different minimum ages for different industries and workplaces. It is not defined by the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”). What is the minimum legal age to work in Ontario? In Ontario, the minimum age to work for most

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Retirement Age Ontario

There is no set retirement age in Ontario. This allows most employees, with specific exceptions, to continue working as long as they choose.  This freedom is protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”) that prohibits age-based discrimination. Age-based discrimination occurs when a workplace policy or action unfairly denies workplace opportunities to employees on

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Alberta Court Affirms Crucial Role Of Clarity In Employer Policies, Employee Resignation

In the case of Stonham v. Recycling Worx Inc. [2023] A.J. No. 1149, the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta reiterated the significance of clear and equivocal language in both employer policies and employee resignation. Background The plaintiff was employed as a commercial truck driver for the defendant when he experienced a workplace injury in

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4 Day Work Week Ontario

In December 2022, the Four-Day Work Week Act, otherwise known as Bill 55, passed its first reading. The preamble of the Four-Day Work Week Act sets out the rationale for the Act, stating that: “The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in increased worker burnout, leading to poor physical and mental health outcomes. The pandemic has also highlighted

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Discrimination In The Workplace: What Happens If My Employer Is Found Guilty of Discrimination?

If an employer is found guilty of discrimination, there are many different remedies which may be awarded to the person who received the discrimination. They may receive damages in the form of money. An employer may be asked to develop policies and training that seek to remedy the discrimination. An employer may also be asked

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Snow Day Ontario: Am I Expected To Attend Work If There Is An Extreme Snow Day?

It would be great if the law had a snow day provision for adults. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Ontario. Suppose snow prevents you from getting to work on time or prevents you from getting to work altogether. In that case, your employer is certainly free to discipline you in whatever way they see

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Social Media and Employees: Can My Social Media Posts Affect My Employment?

Employment Lawyer Walter Yoo explains: Employees often believe that their private social media accounts have no connection to the workplace, especially when the posts on those accounts are created outside of work hours. While the law does recognize that there’s a difference between on duty and off-duty conduct, where the contents of those social media

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