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What are the Termination Requirements for Construction Workers in Ontario Again?

As it currently stands, non-unionized construction workers are not entitled to notice of termination, termination pay, or severance pay pursuant to the O.Reg.288/01 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000. A construction employee is defined as follows by the ESA: “construction employee” means, (a) an employee employed at the site in any of the activities described […]

New Canada Labour Code Changes to Internship Rules

Changes to the Canada Labour Code, R.S.C., 1985 took effect on September 1, 2020 and will be passed through the Standards for Work-Integrated Learning Activities Regulations. These regulations have been passed in order to offer additional protections for interns and student interns working for federally regulated industries or workplaces. An intern does not have to […]

Employer Considerations for Employees Working from Home

As a result of COVID-19, employers are increasingly offering employees the opportunity to work from home. As many employers have recognized, at-home work is likely a necessity given the realities of COVID-19.  Even after the pandemic has passed, it is likely that Canadian workplaces are forever changed as a result. As such, we have outlined […]

COVID-19: A Summary of Legislated Changes Related to the Emergency

COVID-19 has resulted in a flurry of changes to legislation throughout Ontario and Canada. In order to stay on top of the changes, we have provided a summary of the changes to Ontario and the Federal legislation below: Ontario Ontario modified the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), by implementing the Emergency Leave: Declared Emergencies and […]

Ontario Court of Appeal Terminates another Termination Clause

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that another termination clause in an employment contract is unenforceable.  In Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc., the Court was asked to determine the legal impact of an illegal termination for cause provision on an otherwise enforceable termination without cause provision. The Employer admitted that the “with cause” […]

Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Result in a Frustration of Contract?

Many businesses have been forced to shut down due to Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which is an emergency declaration that has been extended until June 2, 2020.  These are uncertain times and the fact is that the pandemic may have significant, lasting and permanent impacts on business. In particular, the impact of […]