Minimum Wage in Ontario to Increase on October 1

The government of Ontario is continuing to boost income for employees across the province by increasing the general minimum wage for the fourth year in a row. As of October 1, 2017 the minimum wage will be $11.60. It is important to note that this rate will not apply to liquor servers, students under the […]

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Criminal Charges for Off-Duty Conduct Not Sufficient for Just Cause Dismissal

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently confirmed that criminal charges, in and of themselves, are not a sufficient enough reason for a just cause dismissal. In order for off-duty misconduct (such as behavior resulting in criminal charges) to provide grounds for a dismissal, there must be a “justifiable connection” to either the employer or […]

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HRTO: No Age Discrimination Where Younger Employee Hired Prior to Termination of Older Employee

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) recently discussed the issue of age discrimination in the workplace, and found that an employee who had claimed he had been fired in favour of a younger employee had failed to establish a link between his age and the termination. What Happened? The employee in question was hired […]

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HRTO Confirms It Does Not Have Jurisdiction to Address Allegations of “General Unfairness”

In a frequently cited decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) confirmed that it does not have the power to deal with general allegations of unfairness, and dismissed a human rights complaint on the basis that the applicant had not established a clear link between her termination and a protected ground under the Human Rights […]

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