10 Sick Days a Year Without a Doctor’s Note Might Make Being Sick a lot Easier

The Ontario government’s plans to introduce new workplace reform law could have a significant impact on how employees take sick days by allowing them to take up to 10 sick days per year without having to provide a note from a doctor. Sick Days are a Privilege Today Staying home sick isn’t always easy. Many […]

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Court Rules in Favour of Employer Who Provided Negative Reference

In its decision of Papp v. Stokes, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has provided a valuable lesson to both employers and employees in what can be shared when a potential employer contacts a former employer to conduct a reference check. Terminated Without Cause The Employee worked as an economist with the Employer, who owned […]

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BC Court of Appeal Overturns Verdict which Enforced Oral Contract for Severance Package

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned a British Columbia Supreme Court decision that awarded a former employee damages for breach of an employment contract when his employer refused to honor a severance package the Plaintiff said was orally agreed upon. What Happened?  When the employee moved from a union to a supervisory position […]

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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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