As you may already know, if it is approved by Parliament, the Cannabis Act (or Bill C-45) could become law with a target date of no later than July 2018, legalizing recreational cannabis across Canada. This fall, the provincial government of Ontario plans to introduce a new bill in preparation for Bill C-45. The upcoming […]
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Thunder Bay Orthopaedic (“TBO”) employed fewer than 10 employees, including two to three orthotic technicians. Darren Nason began his employment with TBO on May 10, 1993 as an orthotic technician. The employee developed carpel tunnel syndrome and by June 2010, he required accommodation. The co-owner testified that upon learning of the employee’s condition, he and […]
In Aboagye v Atomic Energy, the Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld a Superior Court of Justice decision which confirmed that the employee’s dishonest conduct justified his termination. Mr. Aboagye was hired by AECL as an Industrial Safety Specialist. He was terminated after just over six months’ service for a number of reasons, including that […]
Employers are often faced with questions regarding the scope of their duty to accommodate persons with disabilities; either in the context of employing individuals or providing services. Recently, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario released its decision in J.F. v. Waterloo Catholic District School Board, 2017 HRTO 1121. In that decision, a pupil’s parent (“CF”) […]
On January 1, 2018, the design of public space standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) comes into force for private organizations with one to 49 employees (small organizations). As previously reported, for private organizations with 50 employees or more, these requirements came into effect on January 1, 2017. Small organizations […]
In Covenoho v Pendylum Ltd., the Court of Appeal for Ontario quashed a lower court decision upholding the without cause termination of an employee under a fixed-term contract, and awarded her damages for the remainder of the term. The employer, Pendylum Ltd., entered into a contract with the employee which stated that she was to […]
Further to last May’s final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, the provincial government has announced its intent to implement measures to modify employment standards, including: • Raising Ontario’s general minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of […]
In Fillmore v Hercules SLR Inc., the Court of Appeal for Ontario determined that a terminated employee does not have to mitigate his damages upon termination by returning to work for the same employer in a new full time position at less compensation. In this case, the employee, Roy Fillmore, was terminated by his employer, […]
In our summer 2016 issue, we discussed an appeal underway in Brake v PJ-M2R Restaurant Inc. The central issues were whether the Employer, a McDonald’s franchise, had cause to dismiss the Plaintiff, Ms. Brake, and whether her mitigation income ought to have been offset against her damages award. On May 23, 2017, the Court of […]
In a wrongful dismissal action, employers will not be held liable for damages during the notice period if they can establish that an employee failed to reasonably mitigate her damages. To succeed, the employer must prove i) that the employee did not take any steps (or at least reasonable steps) to search for comparable employment […]
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