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Non-Solicitation Clause Ontario

What does a non-solicitation clause mean?  In Ontario, a non-solicitation clause is a provision in an employment contract that specifically prohibits an employee from soliciting or “poaching“ clients, customers, vendors, business partners or employees from their former employer. These restrictions must be limited in geographic scope and duration. In employment law, a non-solicitation clause is …

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Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition: Supreme Court Clarifies Access to Bonuses for Terminated Employees

On October 9th, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in the employment law case of Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., 2020 SCC 26. It is one of the Supreme Court’s rare decisions in employment law. The Court allowed the appeal, finding that the terminated employee was entitled to his bonus …

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New Ontario Government Guidelines for Mandatory COVID-19 Workplace Screening

On September 25, 2020 the Ontario government announced a new amendment to of O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (the “Amendment”). This amendment now requires all Ontario workplaces to conduct a screening for all employees upon arriving at their workplaces, to evaluate the …

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Family Caregiver Leave in Ontario and COVID-19 Leaves of Absence (Updated Sept 16 2021)

With the increase in COVID-19 cases, employees are once again forced to consider how they will care for loved ones if someone becomes ill. In March of this year, the Ontario government announced special leaves of absence for employees in response to COVID-19, for example, for employees providing care to a person for a reason …

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3 Key Considerations For Executive Compensation and Severance (Updated Nov 23 2020)

If you are an executive or senior-level employee nearing the end of your employment, you’ll want to carefully plan your next moves to ensure you have an exit plan that works in your favour. Because of the complexity of executive compensation, senior executives may be shortchanged when offered termination or severance packages. Stock options, restricted …

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Ontario Minimum Wage Is Increasing October 1, 2020

Minimum wage is increasing across all provinces and territories across Canada starting October 1st, 2020. In Ontario, the general minimum wage will rise from $14.00 to $14.25 per hour, which marks our first minimum wage increase since January 2018. Minimum wage is the lowest wage an employer can pay an employee. The upcoming increase is …

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