Early 2019 Judicial Updates that affect Employers

Authors – Alan Riddell, Kyle Van Schie Employee or Contractor? Cormier v. 1772887 Ontario Limited c.o.b. as St. Joseph Communications, 2019 ONSC 587 This case touched on two important issues for employers: how to tell the difference between employees and…

What to do when faced with Workplace Harassment

By Alan Riddell and Kyle Van Schie  Employers have a legal obligation to provide employees with a harassment-free workplace. They are obligated to take all reasonable precautions to protect their employees in the workplace. This includes the steps that an…

Don’t Mistake Your Employees for Independent Contractors

By Alan Riddell and Kyle Van Schie  In order to avoid future, costly surprises, it is vital to determine whether your workers are "employees" or "independent contractors." By recognizing the nature of the relationships between your company and your workers,…

How Much Do Employers Have to Pay Dismissed Employees?

Statutory Termination and Severance Pay not to be Reduced by Mitigation Income Earned; Mitigation Expenses Recoverable by Dismissed Employee This June, the Ontario Superior Court released a decision (Robinson v H.J. Heinz Company of Canada LP, 2018 ONSC 3424) that…

Accommodating Your Employees’ Childcare and Eldercare Obligations

Accommodating employee scheduling conflicts is becoming an ever-increasing burden on employers and their HR staff. This trend is not likely to slow down and will likely only increase in the years ahead. Fewer and fewer employees now have stay-at-home spouses…

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