Notice Awards Moving Up

General Rules The fundamental guidelines for determining an award of “reasonable notice” or wrongful dismissal damage awards have been in place for many years. There is not a fixed set of factors as there exist many unexpected nuances, but the basics may be fairly stated to be: The character of the employment; The length of […]

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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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Minimum Wage Protection

Unpaid Interns Ontario law requires interns be paid the minimum wage sums as set out in the Employment Standards Act. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule. Internship programs which are part of vocational training in which the work performed will provide a meaningful benefit to the student is excepted. This requires some […]

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Older Workers & Human Rights

Grand Erie School Board before Human Rights Tribunal A recent decision[1] of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has been made in a high-profile case involving the Brantford School Board. It has enormous significance to many employees in Ontario. Background The issue arose from the denial of insurance and other benefits to a teacher who had […]

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