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Notice for Dependent Contractors Not So Different From Employees – Toronto Employment Lawyer

The ‘dependent contractor’ category of worker is gaining more ground in Canadian law. In recent cases, dependent contractors have been increasingly found by courts to be entitled to some employee-like protections when it comes to termination. Considering these recent decisions along with the proposed changed in the Employment Standards Act we detailed in another post, …

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Changing Workplaces: Potentially Greater Protection for Contractors

In many lawsuits between workers and employers, disputes over whether the worker is an employee or contractor often arise due to the changing nature of work. More than ever are workers working contract to contract, able to work remotely and have greater power to set their own schedule, creating the appearance of independence. The difference …

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Civil Delays and R. v. Jordan – Toronto Employment Lawyer

Swift justice to our clients is very important, especially to employees who have been wrongfully dismissed with no, or improper, notice. That said “swift” in the civil court context can mean an employee is left to wait at least one year before their hearing. In the 2016 decision of R v Jordan, the Supreme Court …

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LTD Claims Surveillance and Social Media – Are You Being Watched?

Long Term Disability in the Context of Popular Social Media   Long term disability claims are often long and arduous by their very nature. As the benefits are subject to multiple qualifications and are paid out over an extended period of time, insurance companies and claimant disputes will often arise at numerous stages in the …

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Retirement Because Of An Illness or Injury is Throwing Away Money

Generally, no employee should ever resign due to health reasons since that means getting no severance pay. If an employee is too sick to work or struggles physically to do their job they should go on leave, and then have an employment lawyer let their employer know that their contract is frustrated. If a 26 …

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New Changes in Workplace Safety – A ‘Noisy’ Hazard – Toronto Employment Lawyer

In the past year, the Ontario government has introduced some additions and changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) with the hope of providing additional protection and information to workers regarding hazardous working conditions. Within this post, we will be focusing on the new regulations on noisy work environments and how employers and …

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Termination Clauses – Getting it Done Right

A termination clause in an employment contract details what happens when the parties, most often the employer, wants to end the working relationship. From an employment lawyer’s perspective, this clause is one of the most important, if not the most important, aspects of an employment agreement. Because of its significance and the power imbalance between …

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Construction Employees: Are you Owed Notice?

Update March 26 2020 related to COVID-19 Construction employees and employers face a particularly challenging situation in the face of the pandemic. Unfortunately, recent government measures have only worsened their uncertainty. The Ontario government’s emergency measures included the construction sector on the list of essential workplaces. The description is broad and seems to indicate that …

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