Employer Obligations Regarding Ongoing School Closures

The latest and biggest news from the province is the announcement that public schools will remain closed through to the end of the school year. Daycare services are also closed and will remain so until the period of emergency is lifted. The present date for this emergency and the shutdown based on the emergency declaration […]

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Layoffs and COVID-19

Ontario has announced that the existing state of emergency has been extended to April 23, 2020. Ontario law allows for a state of emergency to be set for a maximum period of 14 days, however, it is very likely there will be an extension beyond this date. All Ontario public schools have been ordered closed […]

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Remedies & ‘Just Cause’ Termination

The Remedies on Termination There are two basic remedies on termination. One is the common law remedy of wrongful dismissal based on the implied term of fair notice. The second is the statutory claim for the Employment Standards minimum payments of notice and severance pay. The notice claim under this statute is capped at 8 […]

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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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