Uber Mandatory Arbitration Clause Issue Heading to SCC

In a prior post, we discussed the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal which struck down a clause in a contract between the ride-sharing company and its drivers. This “arbitration clause” required the drivers to submit any dispute to binding arbitration in the Netherlands and hence were denied the right to sue in the […]

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The Right to Unplug

The newly amended Employment Standards Act may have created a context in which an employee may legally be able to disconnect their phone from the demands of the office. There is some precedent for this. European countries such as France passed a law allowing employees to turn off their devices when not officially at work. […]

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Sexual Harassment Claims and new Workers’ Compensation Law

Sexual Harassment & Workers’ Compensation The pending amendments to Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Act, to be effective January 1, 2018 basically lowers the threshold for a claim based on emotional trauma where the worker has suffered “chronic or traumatic mental stress” arising out of and in the course of employment. This new law may have a […]

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Social Media & The Workplace

Social Media & Digital Footprints Most people use Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other social media postings as an everyday event with little thought about how such information may later be used by an employer or against them in court proceedings in workplace related disputes. Employer’s Right to Use Digital Footprint Many employees would be surprised […]

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