Family Caregiver Leave: What You Need to Know

Ontario law, by statute, protects workers who are required to take time off work for personal family emergencies. Many workers have such responsibilities outside of their working duties and Ontario law offers protections to them. Who is Protected? Employees are allowed an unpaid leave up to 8 weeks total in a calendar year to provide […]

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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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