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Ontario Superior Court Certifies Class Action Against Approval Team Car Dealerships: Toronto

On July 7, 2020, Monkhouse Law successfully certified a $5 million class action against Approval Team Inc., a car dealership with 5 locations operating across the Greater Toronto Area. The class action alleges that Approval Team’s employees were misclassified as independent contractors and that, as a result of this misclassification, those employees were not paid …

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Wrongful Dismissal Due To COVID-19: Ontario

Wrongful dismissal usually entitles employees to compensation, but how does COVID-19 change that, if at all? Read on to learn more about the rights of employees if facing wrongful dismissal due to COVD-19. Can I be terminated if I complain about COVID-19 safety concerns? You cannot be terminated for complaining about COVID-19 related safety concerns. …

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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 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.   Employment contracts are increasingly more common. In 2020, the Ontario Court …

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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 (Updated Dec 10 2020)

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. Are you a federally regulated employee? Federally regulated employees are governed by the Canada Labour Code …

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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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