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Ontario Proposes Digital Platform Workers Receive Minimum Wage

On February 28, 2022, the Government of Ontario announced the Working for Worker’s Act 2022 (“Working for Worker’s Act 2”), which if passed, will provide gig workers who provide ride-share, delivery, or courier services in Ontario’s digital economy sector with access to minimum wage, and other fundamental rights commonly provided to employees, including written notice …

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Can I Be Fired For Participating In a Vaccine Mandate Protest?

Throughout many locations in Canada, most notably in Ottawa, protests occurred in response to the COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the foundation of democracy in Canada, and contained within this Charter is Section 2(c) is the freedom of peaceful assembly. In other words, the freedom to participate or attend …

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Can I Be Fired For Donating To a Vaccine Mandate Protest?

Numerous groups gathered across Canada to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. To support these groups, online fundraisers were established. A wide array of individuals, within Canada and abroad, opted to display their support through financial donations. Recently, hackers obtained and leaked the data from these fundraisers. As a result, the personal information of those who …

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Right to Disconnect Canada – Recommendations from the Advisory Committee

With the implementation of smartphones and electronic communications technology, the modern workplace has become increasingly mobile. With remote working technology, there has been a growing demand for employees to be constantly available online. To protect and re-establish work-life balance in Canada, the Federal government has sought the recommendations of an Advisory Committee with respect to …

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Vacation Pay Ontario: What You Need To Know

An employee’s statutory entitlement to vacation pay is defined under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, employees have been increasingly asking questions about the topic of vacation. Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding vacation pay in Ontario. What is vacation pay? Vacation pay is …

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What is Employment Law?

Employment law 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. Legislation Employment Law entitlements stem from statutes such as the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), the …

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Future of Work: Recommendations, What Lies Ahead

Whether they are working from home, wearing masks, or changing careers altogether, Ontarians have seen significant changes to the ways they work over the past two years. As we explore returns to offices and hybrid schedules, many of us are left wondering what comes next. The government of Ontario has ventured to answer that question …

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Stress Leave in Ontario During COVID-19: What You Need To Know

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags into a third year and workers continue to face ongoing pressures both in the workplace and at home, many Ontarians are reporting “burnout” and are considering stress leave. The Government of Ontario has recently enacted novel changes to Ontario’s employment laws by introducing a “right to disconnect” from the workplace, …

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Minimum Wage Ontario Increased January 2022

Effective January 1, 2022, the Government of Ontario raised the minimum wage to $15.00/hr. In addition, the special minimum wage rate that previously applied to “liquor servers” was eliminated, and their minimum wage also increased to $15.00/hr. For federally regulated workers (such as employees in the telecommunication, banking, shipping, and other federally regulated industries), federal …

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Most Important Employment Law Cases Ontario 2021

Out of hundreds of employment law cases published by Ontario Courts each year, only a handful will set precedents that will be cited for years into the future. In 2021, we saw the Courts continuing to apply legal concepts and policies which only surfaced because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversely, more “precedented” issues in employment …

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