Category: Employment

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Handling For Cause Terminations

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Cause termination is a course of conduct by an employee which effectively amounts to a termination or a remediation of a contract and it will entitle an employer to end the contract with no reasonably notice of obligatio...

Employment Standards Update 2014

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Employment Standards Update 2014 • New leaves under ESA, Canada Labour Code and EI • Update on key cases • Proposed amendments under Bill 14 Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF)....

Fixed Severance Entitlements and the Employer’s Duty to Mitigate

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A recent case from the Ontario Court of Appeal, known as the Bowes decision has really altered the landscape when it comes to the duty to mitigate under an employment contract damages and it can have a significant impact...

Employer and Employee Obligations Regarding Disability Benefits

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Meghan explains that there are short term disability benefits that the employer provides, such as sick days, which are self-insured by an employer and can also include short term disabilities that may go on for 90 days, ...

Accommodation of Family Status in the Workplace

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What is family status? The Ontario Human Rights Code states that family status is the status of being in a parent and child relationship. The case law has expanded this, stating that it is not just a parent/child relatio...

Employer Accommodation of Religion in the Workplace

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There is quiet a debate on freedom of religion and freedom of expression and so it becomes an issue when dealing with how that is handled in the private world, specifically in the workplace. To understand how it is dealt...

Privacy in the Workplace From An Employment Law Perspective

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With the increasing number of computers, laptops, tablets and various hand held devices in the workplace it is important that employers and employees understand what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in regards to...

Employee vs Independent Contractors and Implications to Employers

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There is a growing trend in employers hiring independent contractors versus employees to perform services. This trend is primarily due to a number of factors creating greater flexibility, reducing overall cost and often ...

How To Deal With Employee Bonuses- Post Termination

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Understanding employee bonuses and how they work post termination can often be the difference between a quick resolution to a wrongful dismissal claim or a lengthy law suit. Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF)....

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Claims

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Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Claims are governed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) which is Provincial Legislation. There are 4 main purposes of the WSIA To promote health and safety in ...

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