Fired before starting a new job

Entering into a new employment relationship can be an exciting but stressful decision.  Employees may be leaving a secure job with another employer, they may be relocating, and they may be making considerable financial decisions based on the new opportunity.    There is often a lot of planning involved.  What many may never plan for is…

A Worker’s Right to Vote

As Canadians prepare to cast their votes in the upcoming federal election, employees and employers alike should be aware of the specific legal entitlements that are in place to ensure that all workers have an opportunity to exercise their civic duty. All Canadian employees who are eligible to vote on polling day (a Canadian citizen…

New Changes to Overtime Rules for Ontario Employees

Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, received Royal Assent on April 3, 2019, and the new legislation introduces some changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000.  Most notable are the changes that Bill 66 has in respect to overtime. The 60 Hour Rule:  Previously, employees were not permitted to work more than 60 hours per week.  However, Bill 66…

Working Notice: When to Push Back

Many people expect to receive financial compensation in the form of severance payments when their employment comes to an end. This expectation is based on a common but mistaken belief that workers are automatically entitled to severance payments. Some employment standards laws, such as Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, do require employers to provide unconditional severance payments in…

Corporate Holiday Party Time

It’s that time of year again!  Holiday parties are in full swing.  While the focus is on celebration and cheer, employers must keep in mind that without proper planning, the celebrations may result in legal liability. Aside from excessive drinking at work functions, the most common legal issue employers face is sexual harassment, an issue…