The Role of Human Resources: Why It’s Important

What is the role of human resources and how can an HR department help you unlock the potential of your business? Our colleague Denise Kuhn provides an insightful breakdown of the advantages of human resource consultants for business of any size.

Moral Damages and Punitive Damages: The Costs of Unreasonable Conduct

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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

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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

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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 […]

Workplace Investigation Questions: Key Questions to Ask Parties and Witnesses

According to provincial and federal legislation, employers in Canada have an obligation to investigate workplace harassment and violence allegations. For an organization to successfully resolve the issue and effectively prevent similar problems from happening again, workplace investigation questions are crucial.

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 […]

Does Your Employee Handbook Need an Update?

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A formal, written employee handbook is one of the most important documents in the workplace. Employers should make sure that their handbook is up-to-date and in compliance with all of the legal requirements applicable to them. The handbook should be comprehensive and cover all key policies of the company relating to employees’ conduct, as well […]