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Employee Handbook Termination Clauses Often Not Valid – Toronto Employment lawyer

Employers have a myriad of human resources policies to comply with their wide-ranging obligations in employment law as well as industry and internal practices and procedures. Often these policies are bundled in what employers refer to as an “employee handbook”. This may be efficient, but can also be dozens if not hundreds of pages long. …

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Arbitration Clauses In Employment Law: Toronto Employment Lawyer

Section 7 of the Arbitration Act, 1991 states: If a party to an arbitration agreement commences a proceeding in respect of a matter to be submitted to arbitration under the agreement, the court in which the proceeding is commenced shall, on the motion of another party to the arbitration agreement, stay the proceeding. If there …

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LTD Claims: Chronic Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – Toronto Disability Lawyer

There are two types of disability benefits you could be entitled to if you suffer from Chronic Pain Syndrome or Fibromyalgia: 1.    CPP Disability Benefits You are eligible for this if you have worked for at least four (4) out of the past six (6) years, and paid payroll taxes. These disability benefits pay a …

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Human Rights Damages Increasing: Toronto Employment Lawyer

The Ontario courts are following the lead of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and are increasingly likely to award damages for human rights violations (sometimes higher than their Tribunal counterparts). This should serve as a caution to employers who commit discrimination within the context of employment. History Traditionally, the Human Rights Tribunal in Ontario and …

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Hired Away, Then Terminated: Inducement Promises Made, Then Broken

In today’s economic climate, the statement “I left a secure, well-paid job based on their assurances” is becoming more and more of a common experience for many employees. In the search for new talent, employers often turn to head hunters as part of their recruitment strategy. These head hunters and recruiters search for capable talent …

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You’re Fired! Or Are You? Reinstatement as a Remedy for Non-Unionized Employees

Donald Trump is known for many things – his wacky hair, his casinos, his luxury hotels, and most recently for his foray into presidential politics. Those who watched his reality TV Show, “The Apprentice,” however, will forever remember him for his fateful catchphrase, “You’re Fired!” When contestants on The Apprentice were fired by Mr. Trump …

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Temporary Layoffs in Ontario Are Not Allowed

Unauthorized Layoffs and Notice Periods The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) does not authorize a layoff in the absence of a contractual provision. In other words, this means that unless you have an employment contract or agreement outlining that a layoff or temporary layoff may occur during the course of your employment, your employer cannot …

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Bought Out! The Impact Of A Company Purchase and Changing Employers or Employees

Corporate acquisitions are becoming more commonplace within the marketplace as small businesses and startup companies develop. Whether it is due to growing success in the market or winding up due to financial hardship, many companies may look to acquire promising new businesses or sell their assets to prevent further losses. In corporate acquisitions, what happens …

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