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Feb 18, 2016
Ontario is Proposing Legislation to Create a Presumption that PTSD in First Responders is Work-Related

Today, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced that the Ontario government intends to introduce legislation creating a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first responders is work-related, with the aim being to streamline access to WSIB benefits and other treatments. The legislation would also require employers to implement PTSD prevention plans in the workplace.

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Court of Appeal approves 26 months' notice for contractors

Last week, Ontario’s highest appellate court dismissed an appeal by Canac Kitchens of a decision awarding two of its contractors each 26 months’ notice. Canac Kitchens has become a notorious litigant for having provided employees with only their minimum statutory entitlements on the closure of its business and having now lost over a dozen cases on what constitutes reasonable notice. 

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Jan 21, 2016
Employer Fails to Pay $328,000 Bonus, Employee Sues, Everyone Loses

What do you think one of your employees might say if you decided not to pay over $300,000 in owed compensation? Well, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently considered just that, and concluded that the employee did not reasonably respond in alleging constructive dismissal of employment. But, of course, it’s not so simple.

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Metron Project Manager Receives 3.5 Year Jail Sentence

On January 11, 2016, Justice Ian MacDonnell sentenced a Project Manager of Metron Construction to 3.5 years in prison as a result of his conviction on four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The charges arose from a tragic accident on December 24, 2009, in which a high-rise swing stage collapsed causing the deaths of four workers and injury to a fifth.

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The 2016 To Do List for Ontario HR

I am a lover of lists and a new year is definitely the time for lists and resolutions.  My love of lists and the satisfaction of deleting completed tasks has been reinforced by a neuroscience professor who recommends lists to get a more organized and calmer brain. (The short article and podcast link is: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/neuroscientist-really-wants-you-to-make-lists.html.) For Ontario HR Practitioners who are similarly inclined, here’s my To Do list for 2016.

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Dec 17, 2015
Top 10 Employment & Labour Law Cases & Trends in 2015

Issues arising from employment relationships continued to make the news in 2015, as both the Ontario legislature and our Courts weighed in on the changing economy and its impact on workplaces, human rights concerns and the rights and responsibilities of employees at work.

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Aug 21, 2015
Does the Charter Trump Human Rights?

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal has interesting implications when it comes to competing rights, particularly when some of those rights are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Reminder: Ontario’s Minimum Wage to Increase

As a result of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) last year, on October 1, 2015, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $11 to $11.25 per hour. Industry-specific minimum wages for liquor servers, homeworkers, students, and hunters/fishers are also set increase.

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