Arbitrator upholds Decision to fire Employee for Failing to Follow COVID-19 Rules

In the recent decision, Garda Security Screening Inc. v IAM, District 140 (Shoker Grievance) [2020] O.L.A.A. No. 162, an employee’s employment was terminated due to the failure to follow the employer’s COVID-19 rules. The employee signed a statement, annually, confirming she was aware of the employer’s Code of Ethics and that she understood that a […]

Ontario Increased Minimum Wage on October 1, 2020

As of October 1, 2020, the general minimum wage increased across Ontario to $14.25 per hour. Other categories of workers also increased as follows: Student Minimum Wage Individuals who are below the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less. $13.40 per hour Liquor Servers Minimum Wage Applies to individuals who serve […]

Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements to Limit Bonus Entitlement upon Termination

In a recent decision from the Supreme Court of Canada, Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., the Court clarified the applicable test for limiting an employee’s bonus on their termination. The trial judge concluded that Ocean Nutrition had constructively dismissed Matthews, and that Matthews was entitled to pay in lieu of notice of a 15-month […]

Federally Regulated Employee Bypasses Release – Don’t Settle for 90 days!

In Bank of Montreal v. YanPing Li, the Federal Court of Appeal recently ruled that an employee who falls under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) may file an unjust dismissal complaint under section 240 of the Code, despite having reached a settlement with her former employer to pay her a lump […]