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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 jobs …

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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

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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Employment Law Guidelines For Workplace Events Or Parties

Employment Lawyer Miguel Mangalindan speaks about holiday events and some employment law tips regarding holiday parties: What role does employment law have in workplace social events and parties? First of all, happy holidays to everyone. As the holiday season approaches, many offices will want to throw office workplace parties, which I am all for and …

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Bonuses: Do I Need To Be Actively Employed When Bonuses Are Paid Out?

Employment Lawyer Samantha Lucifora explains: If your employer is attempting to rely on an active employment clause to suggest that you should not get your bonus during the notice period, it should be looked at by a lawyer. Generally employees should be compensated for their bonus during the notice period, but it does depend on …

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Employment Law Ontario

Employment law in Ontario is the series of rights and entitlements which have been put in place to protect the rights of workers in non-unionized workplaces. In contrast, labour law is the series of rules and regulations which govern unionized workplaces. What is Employment Common Law in Ontario? Employees are also offered additional protection via …

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