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Torkin Manes LegalPoint

A Future and Remote Violation of the Employment Standards Act is Enough to Render an Employment Agreement Unenforceable

Shreya Patel In a recent wrongful dismissal case, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that a potential violation of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 20...
Jul 20, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Court of Appeal Rules that “Cause” Existed to Invalidate Without Cause Termination Provision

Shreya Patel In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that a “termination for cause” provision that violates the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 20...
Jun 19, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Temporary Pandemic Pay Order Issued Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 241/20

Irv Kleiner and Shreya Patel On April 25, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be providing frontline employees with temporary pandemic pay in recognition of th...
Jun 2, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Temporary Relief for Employers – New Employment Standards Regulation

Daniel Pugen On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government introduced Ontario Regulation 228/20 (the “Regulation”) that amends the Ontario Employment St...
Jun 1, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bill 191 - Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020

Gillian Howe On May 19, 2020, Bill 191, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020 (“Bill 191”), was introduced in th...
May 25, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Demoted Long Service Employee Receives 28 Month Notice Period and Aggravated Damages

Shreya Patel In a recent decision, an employee was awarded 28 months of reasonable notice upon his constrictive dismissal. At the time of his dismissal, the employ...
May 22, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ontario Provides Employers With Workplace Safety Guidelines As Workplaces Prepare To Re-Open

Shreya Patel On April 30, 2020, in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the Health and Safety Associations have released best ...
May 4, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Single-Employer Order Issued for Congregate Care Settings

Shreya Patel Similar to the Single-Employer Emergency Order for long term care and retirement homes, the Ontario Government has issued a new single-employer emerge...
May 1, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government Passes Emergency Order for Mental Health Agencies

Daniel Pugen Following up on other recent Orders that were applicable to hospitals, long-term care facilities, retirement homes and developmental services agencies...
Apr 24, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ontario Government Issues Single-Employer Emergency Orders for Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes

Gillian Howe Recently the Ontario Government issued two new emergency orders pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (the “Act”) imposing a s...
Apr 23, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ontario Government Issues Emergency Order for Developmental Services Agencies

Irv Kleiner and Daniel Pugen Following up on other recent Orders that were applicable to hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes, the Government has now iss...
Apr 8, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emergency Measures in Retirement Homes

Irv Kleiner and Daniel Pugen Following up on other recent Orders that were applicable to hospitals and long-term care facilities, the Government has now issued an Order that is al...
Apr 6, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”)

Peter C. Straszynski On March 24, 2020, the Canadian Government passed Bill C-13, introducing (among other measures in response to COVID-19) the new Canada Emergency Respo...
Mar 26, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Job-Protected Leave and Financial Support for Employees Unable to Work due to COVID-19 School and Daycare Closures

Lisa Corrente On March 12, 2020, amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario confirmed that it was closing schools for three weeks through to April 5, 2020. Days la...
Mar 26, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

New Developments in Ontario Health Care due to COVID-19

Irv Kleiner Province of Ontario Suspends Collective Agreement Provisions in Hospital and Long Term Care Sector As a result of the state of emergency that was ...
Mar 24, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Province of Ontario introduces amendments to the Employment Standards Act to protect workers during the COVID-19 crises

Irv Kleiner and Daniel Pugen The Federal and Provincial Governments continue to respond to the COVID-19 crises that has affected Ontarians. Changes in legislation, policies, and r...
Mar 20, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Province of Ontario declares an emergency as a result of COVID-19

Irv Kleiner The Government of Ontario recently announced that it is declaring a state of emergency under section 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Pro...
Mar 19, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Update – Proposed Provincial Legislation: Job-Protected Leave

Gillian Howe On March 16, 2020, Premier Doug Ford and the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced that the Provincial Government intends to ...
Mar 16, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Update: Quarantine and EI Benefits

Peter C. Straszynski The Federal Government has taken steps to change the Employment Insurance (“EI”) rules for those employees who are required to self-quarantine on acco...
Mar 16, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 and the Workplace: FAQ

Peter C. Straszynski Employers are increasingly facing questions and decisions surrounding the possibility of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting their workplace.
Mar 5, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Labour Board Clears The Road For Food Couriers to Unionize

Daniel Pugen and Shreya Patel The Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Labour Board”) has ruled that Foodora couriers are dependent contractors and have the right to unionize. Unde...
Mar 4, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Is it Time to Update Your Employment Contracts?

Peter C. Straszynski For Canadian employers, one of the most important purposes of written employment contracts is to lawfully limit the amount of notice or compensation t...
Feb 3, 2020
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