New Ontario Workplace Legislation: Working for Workers Five Act, 2024

Legislation

The fifth installment of the Government of Ontario’s overhaul of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, has now been released and debated at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. We’ve previously written about changes to the ESA, including most recently regarding the fourth change, found here. The latest installment contains several important changes that were recently announced […]

Moral Damages and Punitive Damages: The Costs of Unreasonable Conduct

Workplace Investigation

Deciding to part ways with an employee is fraught with risks, especially risks stemming from mishandling the termination. Terminations should always be handled respectfully and in good faith. If not, courts in Ontario may award moral or punitive damages. More details inside.

Employee Fiduciary Duties and Obligations

All for one one for all

Higher level employees may be considered fiduciaries of an organization. This means they have a greater level of responsibility and obligation regarding confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition among other obligations. We break down a recent case regarding those duties.

Mitigation: A Failure to Mitigate Risks Entitlement to Reasonable Notice

Man Reading Contract

Employees who are terminated, and whose contract entitles them to reasonable notice, are required to “mitigate damages” by seeking alternative work during their reasonable notice period. Typically, this means applying for, and accepting, comparable employment. In most cases employees do seek comparable work and discharge their duty, but what happens when an employee fails to […]

Governance of Employment Relationships in Ontario: Overview

Ontario employment relationships are governed by various pieces of legislation. These laws are designed to protect the workers and ensure that they are treated fairly in the workplace, while also establishing a clear set of rules that employers can rely on when making hiring, management, and termination decisions. Find out more inside.

Get Ready for Canada Labour Code Changes: Coming February 1, 2024

If your company is a federally regulated employer, you need to be aware of changes coming to the Canada Labour Code on February 1, 2024. The recent changes include new termination notice requirements which being the federally regulated sector in line with the provinces. How do I know if my business is federally regulated? Most […]

Governance of Employment Relationships in Ontario: An Overview

Ontario employment relationships are governed by various pieces of legislation. These laws are designed to protect the workers and ensure that they are treated fairly in the workplace, while also establishing a clear set of rules that employers can rely on when making hiring, management, and termination decisions. However, while the legislation in Ontario comes […]

Upcoming Ontario Legislation: Working for Workers Four Act, 2023

Legislation

The Ontario government has released the text of its latest employment legislation, the fourth in a serios of Working for Workers Acts. These acts have made some changes to various pieces of Ontario legislation including the Employment Standards Act, 2000.