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Ontario Human Rights Commission on Vaccination Exemptions: “Personal Preferences” and “Singular Beliefs” Against Vaccination not Protected by Human Rights Legislation

Peter C. Straszynski In past articles, we have emphasized that mandatory vaccination policies in the workplace are generally permissible, subject to legitimate objections ...
Sep 22, 2021
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Open Toronto Businesses Must Have a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Peter C. Straszynski Many of our clients have been inquiring about the implementation of workplace vaccination policies.
Aug 27, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mandatory Vaccination and Your Workplace

Peter C. Straszynski With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine well underway, many Canadian employers are thinking about introducing vaccination policies into their wo...
Aug 24, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

“COVID-19 Period” Extended Again Under the ESA

Shreya Patel In response to the ongoing pandemic, on May 29, 2021, the Ontario government passed a new Regulation that again extends the timeline when temporary la...
Jun 8, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Infectious Disease Emergency Leave and Wrongful Dismissal

Peter C. Straszynski Ontario employees on temporary layoff (or on reduced hours) due to COVID-19 are currently deemed to be on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) ...
May 3, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ontario Government Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Daniel Pugen The Ontario Government has passed Bill 284, “COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021”. This bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) an...
Apr 30, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Business Closure Order for Peel and Toronto

Shreya Patel Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health have issued an order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act requiring business in Pe...
Apr 23, 2021

Motivating employees: There is another way

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Apr 22, 2021
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The Amazon Union Organizing Drive – What Canadian Employers Can Learn

Thomas A. Stefanik Everyone has heard of Amazon. It is the second largest private sector employer in the United States, and has built up a considerable presence in Canad...
Apr 20, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mandatory Mask or Face Covering By-Law Not a Clear Violation of Human Rights

Shreya Patel The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) was recently asked to assess whether a mask by-law contravened the human rights of an individual who ref...
Apr 7, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government Mandates Staying Home: Notes for Employers

Daniel Pugen On January 13, 2021 the Ontario Government issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which includes a directi...
Jan 14, 2021
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ontario Government Further Extends the “COVID-19 Period” Under the ESA

Shreya Patel The “COVID-19 period” was set to expire on January 2, 2021 and has now been extended to July 3, 2021.
Dec 18, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Arbitrator Upholds Employer’s Right to Impose Mandatory COVID Testing on Employees

Thomas A. Stefanik and Shreya Patel Everyone in society has been affected in different ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers in particular have faced difficult challenges and have bee...
Dec 10, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Increased Web Page Accessibility Requirements for Private and Non-Profit Organizations in Ontario Come into Effect in 2021 and AODA Accessibility Report Due Date Extended

Shreya Patel and Cameron McMaster The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) is a legislation designed to ensure that businesses, spaces and workplaces are mo...
Dec 1, 2020
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If Employees Work Overtime, Employers Must Pay Despite Overtime Policies

Irv Kleiner and Shreya Patel In a recent class action proceeding which affected 31,000 CIBC customer service employees across Canada, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has rul...
Oct 22, 2020
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Temporary Wage Enhancements for PSWs and Direct Support Workers and Increase to Minimum Wage in Ontario

Irv Kleiner and Shreya Patel On October 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be providing a temporary wage increase for personal support workers (PSWs) and d...
Oct 2, 2020
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COVID-19 Update: Screening of Employees in Ontario Workplaces now Mandatory

Gillian Howe On September 25, 2020, the Ontario Government amended Ontario Regulation 364/20 “Rules For Areas In Stage 3” under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible R...
Sep 29, 2020
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Ontario Government Extends Lay-Off Periods and Provides Further Temporary Relief Under the ESA

Daniel Pugen and Shreya Patel With the stated goal of protecting jobs and businesses, the Ontario government has extended the timeline for when temporary lay-offs are deemed perman...
Sep 11, 2020
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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
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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
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