Sweeping Changes to the Canada Labour Code Harassment and Violence in the Workplace Regulations

On June 24, 2020, the Minister of Labour announced the new Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations that will come into force on January 1, 2021. The regulations will amend the Canada Labour Code, and will replace Part XX of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. The following are some highlights of the legislation: […]

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 […]

Superior Court says Layoff permissible based on Verbal Agreement, not Constructive Dismissal

There is a line of authority that says an employer cannot lay off an employee without a clear contractual right to do so (express or implied) and that in the absence of that contractual right, the imposition of a layoff (including a temporary layoff as permissible under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000) constitutes constructive […]