Labour & Employment law

  • Marijuana and the workplace

    Marijuana and the workplace

    Jul 3, 2018

    What challenges will the impending legalization bring for employers?

  • Do you have Bill 148 under control? Don’t lose sight of these key provisions

    Do you have Bill 148 under control? Don’t lose sight of these key provisions

    Jul 3, 2018

    By now, employers are largely familiar with Bill 148 and how it has affected employment relations generally by raising the minimum wage, increasing vacation pay and otherwise amending the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

  • Retailers squeezed by new rules

    Retailers squeezed by new rules

    Jul 3, 2018

    Ontario’s updated employment laws have dominated public discussion for most of the past year. But while many have focused on the increased minimum wage, restaurants and retailers are dealing with changes that are harder to calculate, like new calculations for holiday pay, equal pay for equal work requirements and changes to scheduling.

  • The traditional workplace revisited

    Jun 18, 2018

    How can lawyers and law firms adjust to the changing workplace? In this issue, we explore how work is changing for lawyers as well as their clients.

  • Managing #MeToo

    Managing #MeToo

    Jun 18, 2018

    Workplaces across Canada are finally acknowledging the need to address sexual misconduct.

  • Planning to grow your contingent workforce in Alberta?

    May 22, 2018

    An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans (Bill 30) has amended the definition of “employer” in Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act.

  • No 24-month cap on wrongful dismissal damages

    Apr 16, 2018

    Whether it comes to negotiating a severance package or determining the period over which damages are calculated in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, 24 months has generally been regarded, save in the most exceptional circumstances, as the unofficial cap on reasonable notice.

  • New Brunswick lawyers support bill that would allow for domestic violence leave

    New Brunswick lawyers support bill that would allow for domestic violence leave

    Feb 28, 2018

    Lawyers in New Brunswick are showing support for bill 44, but the lack of specifics has them questioning what the finished legislation will actually look like.

  • Employment contract termination clauses may not be worth the risk

    Feb 5, 2018

    First, the good news: This article is not about Ontario’s Bill 148 or minimum wage. Now, the bad news: This is the fourth article I have written for this publication within the last year and a half about the uncertainty and lack of predictability in drafting and interpreting termination without cause provisions in employment contracts. This is due to seemingly conflicting (or hard-to-decipher) decisions from the Court of Appeal for Ontario over that time.

  • Former tax lawyer takes feds to court over pension payout

    Former tax lawyer takes feds to court over pension payout

    Jan 30, 2018

    A retired tax lawyer for the federal government sued his former employer because he alleges the government failed to fulfil its duty of care in regard to giving him complete and accurate information about his pension options.

  • Former Wal-Mart executive awarded $750,000

    Former Wal-Mart executive awarded $750,000

    Jan 12, 2018

    An Ontario judge has awarded $750,000 in punitive and moral damages to a former Wal-Mart Canada executive — an award lawyers say is one of the highest in Canadian employment law history.

  • The changing workplace: Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques

    The changing workplace: Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques

    Jan 8, 2018

    Labour & employment boutiques are well positioned to provide value as the law and social norms evolve.

  • Law changes in how chronic mental stress is recognized in workplace

    Law changes in how chronic mental stress is recognized in workplace

    Jan 8, 2018

    Lawyers and in-house legal departments should be aware of changes to Ontario law that expands coverage of workplace-related injuries related to chronic mental stress. ​

  • Workplace sexual harassment

    Workplace sexual harassment

    Dec 4, 2017

    Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act means more intervention from government.

  • Blue J Legal launches AI tool for employment law issues

    Blue J Legal launches AI tool for employment law issues

    Nov 22, 2017

    Toronto startup Blue J Legal has launched new artificial intelligence software to help predict how courts would resolve employment law issues.

  • Dressing for success: Dress codes should follow human rights guidelines

    Dressing for success: Dress codes should follow human rights guidelines

    Nov 3, 2017

    Dress codes are often part of a job, but when do they violate employee human rights? Wade Poziomka, human rights lawyer with Ross & McBride LLP, and Priya Sarin, partner at Whitten & Lublin Employment Lawyers, discuss this topic through the lens of Poziomka's client's current dispute with a popular American restaurant chain.

  • New rights for the precariously employed

    New rights for the precariously employed

    Sep 19, 2017

    Ontario’s Bill 148 contains controversial provisions viewed as negative for many employers. Ontario’s labour laws are undergoing their biggest changes since the 1990s. The overhaul is intended to benefit workers by raising the minimum wage in two stages to $15 an hour by 2019, ensuring equal pay for part-time employees, increasing vacation entitlements and making it easier to unionize in certain sectors where employment is precarious.

  • Employee violated fitness for duty policy

    Sep 19, 2017

    Company did not discriminate against cocaine addict fired for cause. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that an employer may terminate a worker for just cause when he violated a fitness for duty policy by attending work under the influence of drugs. This landmark decision upheld a ruling of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal that the employer did not unlawfully discriminate when a worker’s employment was terminated for breach of a safety rule that prohibited a worker from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work.

  • What is civil purge court?

    Jun 18, 2014
  • Strathy named chief justice of Ontario

    Jun 16, 2014