Ontario Launches Zero-Tolerance Workplace Safety Inspections in Response to COVID-19 Third Wave

On April 8, 2021, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the third wave and presence of variants currently affecting the province, the Ontario government launched a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning on April 9, 2021. Increased Investigations Announced The announced investigations […]

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Employer’s Apology Cannot Cure Contract Breach, Court Rules

In a recent Ontario case, the court concluded that the employer had repudiated the employment contract by its post-termination conduct and its termination provisions could therefore not apply to the terminated employee.  As a result, the employee was entitled to six months’ pay in lieu of notice. Employee Terminated Without Cause The employee began working for […]

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Employer Had Duty to Accommodate Employee’s Alcoholism, Human Rights Tribunal Rules

In a recent Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta decision, the Tribunal ruled that an employer failed to accommodate an employee’s alcoholism and awarded the employee $30,000 in general damages. Employee Terminated Following Alcohol-Related Incident  The employee worked for the employer for approximately 14 months as a commission car salesperson at a car dealership. When he started […]

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Court Takes Judicial Notice of Pregnancy in Assessing Reasonable Notice Period

In a recent Ontario decision on reasonable notice, the court took judicial notice of the difficulties that may arise when a pregnant woman seeks new employment following dismissal. Employee Terminated While Pregnant  The employee was hired by the employer, a hospitality and entertainment company, in 2019.  She began work for the employer on June 17, 2019, in […]

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