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New Regulations Against Harassment For Federally Regulated Employees

The Government of Canada has passed new federal legislation to protect employees from harassment and violence in the workplace. On January 1, 2021 the new Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations will come into force to provide even more support for federally regulated employees. Currently, the existing legislation, Bill C-65, addresses prevention, response, and support …

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Employment Contracts: What You Need to Know (June 2020)

Employment contracts are becoming increasingly common. They are the framework of the employment relationship and can have important implications that may last for years. Although some employment contracts may be intimidating, Ontario courts are increasingly employee-friendly and often strike down employment contracts that are overly harsh, unclear, or illegal.   In 2020, the Ontario Court of …

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Heller v. Uber Class Action – Green Light for Gig Economy Workers

The Supreme Court of Canada released Heller v. Uber earlier today, siding with the employee and allowing the class action to proceed. Monkhouse Law represented an intervenor before the SCC. Summary (updated 9:59am June 26, 2020): The Supreme Court majority decision, written by Justices Abella and Rowe found that the arbitration provision was unconscionable because …

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Extension of Temporary Layoff Periods for Federally Regulated Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact workplaces in Canada and around the globe. Due to severe economic hardship, many employers have temporarily laid off their employees and face uncertainty as to when their employees can return to work. The federal government has recently announced that the time periods for temporary layoffs will be extended …

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Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts

It happens all too often: an employee is terminated, finds the perfect new job in the industry, and then is notified by their past employer that they are breaking a non-competition, non-solicitation, or confidentiality clause in their past employment contract. These provisions, which all fall under the umbrella of “restrictive covenants” and are also known …

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Ontario Court of Appeal 2020: Illegal Provisions Invalidate Contractual Severance Pay Limitations

With the COVID-19 pandemic employees and employers often go back to the employment agreements to review their rights and obligations in case of termination. Beware! What you read in the contract might not be the full story. Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal rendered a very important decision that clarifies that if any part of …

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