Workplace Reform May be Coming to Ontario

Ontario could soon face the most significant reforms to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act the province has seen in more than 15 years. The final report and recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review will soon be released. The Review came as a result of a commitment made in the 2014 Throne Speech and direction in […]

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Toronto Police Facing Allegations of Age Discrimination

A 51-year old police candidate has filed a human rights complaint against the Toronto Police Service (TPS) alleging age discrimination after she was unsuccessful in the process of becoming an officer. The Background The claimant filed her complaint in summer of 2016. In it, she alleges that she was discriminated against as a candidate because […]

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Ontario Court of Appeal confirms unenforceable non-compete clause

In Donaldson Travel Inc. v. Murphy, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently upheld a lower court’s decision that a restrictive covenant in an employment contract was an unenforceable non-compete clause. What Happened? At issue in the original decision was an employee (Murphy) who resigned from Donaldson Travel Inc. (Donaldson Travel) in Cambridge and began working for a competing travel […]

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Ontario Court: “Age is an Impediment” for Older Employees after Termination

In its recent decision in Ozorio v. Canadian Hearing Society, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded 24 months’ notice to a 60-year-old employee following her termination. This decision illustrates the factors that courts will consider when determining what an appropriate notice period is for a longer service, older employee, and explicitly recognizes such individuals may […]

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