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COVID-19: New Temporary Paid Sick Leave Program in Ontario (Updated May 6, 2021)

 Update May 6, 2021 On April 29, 2021, Ontario implemented amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), which provide employees with up to three days of paid leave. The amendments also allow for employers to receive reimbursement for the three days of paid leave given to employees.  The job-protected paid leaves are for any …

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COVID-19: Employment Insurance Benefits and Severance Package

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Employment Insurance (“EI”) rules have been temporarily changed in Canada to allow employees to access EI benefits even when they received a severance package. Read on to learn more about what this means for employees. Generally, an employee cannot receive EI benefits while also receiving severance or termination …

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Can Your Employer Make It Compulsory To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine In Ontario?

The short answer is it depends. Mandatory workplace vaccination policies can be part of a larger program for preventing workplace spread of infectious diseases. However, such policies are usually only enforceable where they: Are based on evidence demonstrating: a serious risk of infection in the workplace, and the effectiveness of a vaccine or alternative measures …

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Answers to Top 5 Employment Questions Regarding Ontario’s Stay-at-Home Order

 Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Ontario government issued a province-wide Stay-at-Home order. This is the third state of emergency under the Emergency and Civil Protection Act. The government’s Stay-at-Home order requires everyone to stay at home except for permitted purposes such as going grocery shopping, visiting the doctor, exercising, or attending to specific important and …

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What To Do If You Are Experiencing Workplace Harassment

The resignation in January 2021 of the Governor General of Canada has brought workplace harassment and toxic work environments into the center of public conversation. Employees can often feel powerless in the face of workplace harassment, particularly if the comments or actions are coming from a superior. Read on to learn what the legal options …

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Monkhouse Law Successful in Arguing Termination Clause Unenforceable

Termination clauses in employment contracts are an employer’s best defense against owing significant notice to employees upon termination. The recent Ontario Superior Court decision of Ojo v. Crystal Claire Cosmetics Inc, 2021 ONSC 1428, represents yet another crack in this ever-weakening armor. In Ojo the termination clause was found to be unenforceable, entitling the employee …

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Disability Related Absenteeism – Your Employer Has a Duty To Accommodate You

Where an employee has a disability, which interferes with the performance of a job requirement, human rights legislation requires employers to accommodate the employee to the point of undue hardship. Accommodation refers to changing the workplace or the employee’s working conditions in a way that ensures the employee is not unfairly excluded or disciplined based …

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