Is One Incident of Sexual Harassment Enough to Justify Employee Termination?

Sexual harassment is a serious offence and, in an employment context, can result in an employee’s termination. However, in a 2021 Alberta decision, the court determined that one incident of sexual harassment did not constitute just cause for the termination of an employee. Employee Terminated for Sexual Harassment The employee worked as a welder for […]

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Court Issues First Decision on the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation in COVID-19 Constructive Dismissal Case

An Ontario court recently issued a first decision interpreting the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation in a COVID-19-related constructive dismissal case.  Employee Claims Constructive Dismissal The employee began working at an ophthalmic clinic in 2014 as an ophthalmic technician. She was promoted to office manager in 2018 and earned $52,900 per year. The employer operated several such clinics […]

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Ontario Proposes New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for Employees

Proposed Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit On April 28, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced it will provide a provincial paid sick leave program to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces across Ontario. Announced by the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Minister of Finance, the proposed program is set to […]

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Quebec Becomes First Province to Mandate Vaccines & Testing for Health Workers

In a Ministerial Order dated April 9, 2021, Quebec became the first province in Canada to require COVID-19 vaccination and testing for certain employees. The Order titled “Ordering of measures to protect the health of the population amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation” was issued under Quebec’s Public Health Act by the Minister of Health and Social […]

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