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Insubordination In The Workplace: Can You Be Terminated With Just Cause?

If you are accused of insubordination at work, your employer may consider they have just cause to terminate your employment immediately. As a result, you may be dismissed without notice or pay in lieu of notice. However, insubordination does not warrant a just cause termination in all circumstances. In this article we discuss the definition …

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When a Temporary Layoff Becomes a Termination: What You Need To Know

COVID-19  forced numerous Ontario businesses to close their doors. While a fair number of employers initially laid off their employees, now many temporary layoffs are becoming permanent terminations. What should you do if you are in this situation? The quick answer is that you should seek legal advice before signing off on any severance package …

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CIBC Bank Employees Win a Class Action for Unpaid Overtime

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled in favour of the employees in the unpaid overtime class action case brought against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”). The decision in Fresco v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, 2020 ONSC 75, is a landmark decision and an important affirmation of one of the key elements …

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Ontario Reopening Plan: How to Return to Work After COVID-19

On April 28, 2020, Premier Doug Ford provided the framework including a 3-stage process for Ontario’s Reopening Plan after COVID-19. The reopening will be gradual and will occur in stages. There will be two-to-four weeks between the launch of each stage to allow provincial health officials to assess conditions before moving to the next one. The …

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Law Firms Should Think Twice Before Withdrawing Articling Offers

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Ontario businesses to slow down or halt operations entirely. The impact of this economic downturn has affected virtually every industry in the province. Most recently, some legal employers have rescinded articling contracts for recent law school graduates (articling is a mandatory 10-month paid internship prior to becoming a lawyer). …

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Working from Home During COVID-19: You Could Deduct Home Office Expenses

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused several businesses to shut down, resulting in many employees working from home to the extent that their work can be performed remotely. Many employees now work out of home offices, can they deduct office expenses for the remote work performed? Reimbursement of Equipment for Teleworking up to $500 Recently …

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Is Your Summer Internship Cancelled Due to COVID-19? Here’s What To Do (Updated June 18, 2020)

Close to a million students between the ages of 15 and 24 enter the job market during the summer, and nearly 100,000 students take part in co-op programs. Professions such as engineering, law, architecture, healthcare, human resources, business, public sector professions, technology, insurance, and law enforcement, offer a variety of internships during the summer break. …

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Managing and Conducting Workplace Investigations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Workplace investigations can help ensure employers are not only compliant with the law, but also help identify workplace issues, take corrective measures and take steps to prevent them from reoccurring.  However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and court closure till June, should workplace investigations continue? What is a workplace investigation? As the name suggests, a workplace …

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