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…

La discrimination raciale au travail – Une entrevue avec Me Lamarche

Écoutez l’entrevue avec Me Cédric Lamarche au sujet de la discrimination raciale au travail sur les ondes de la radio Universitaire de Toronto, CIUT 89,5FM (Pot-Pourri Show):  http://www.potpourrishow.com/02262017.mp3 Cédric représente et conseille les employés et les employeurs en matière du droit de l’emploi.  Il comparaît régulièrement devant le Tribunal des droits de la personne de l’Ontario et peut…

The Ties That Bind

During the course of employment, an employee may obtain access to confidential information regarding the employer’s business interests, including trade secrets and customer lists.  As a result, and in order to protect itself from exploitation, an employer may require the employee to enter into a contract with provisions restricting the employee’s business activities at the end…

Is Immorality Grounds for Termination?

With millions of Ashley Madison users exposed after a hacking group published their personal information, employers are asking themselves how they can deal with employees who are engaged in what many see as reprehensible off-duty conduct. Employers sometimes assume that an employee’s misdeeds in his or her private life are grounds for termination of their…

Know Your Voting Rights

On October 19, 2015, Canadians will be heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the federal election.  Many eligible voters may feel that their work obligations prevent them from taking time out of their day to have their say in who should govern the country.  Fortunately, Canada has adopted laws that promote the…