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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Right or No Right of Lay-off?

One would expect that the issue of temporary lay-off would be straightforward. After all, Ontario’s Employment Standards Act appears to allow the employer that very right. However, an  employer’s right to carry out a temporary lay-off is actually quite complicated. The Legislation The statute allows a temporary lay-off of not more than 13 weeks in […]

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New Employee Rights under Employment Standards Act

New Employee Statutory Rights The government of Ontario passed significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act with the introduction of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 on November 22, 2017. Most changes will take effect on January 1, 2018 and will affect provincially regulated employers province-wide. What’s New The highlights of the […]

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