Changes coming to union certification process for federally regulated employers

May 17, 2015 - by: Daniel Mayer 0 COMMENTS

by Daniel Mayer

On June 16, important changes regarding union certification and decertification for federally regulated employers in Canada will come into effect. The federally regulated sector includes interprovincial and international transportation companies, airlines, railways, banks, and employees who work for the federal government. read more…

New work permit requirements apply whether employer is in Canada or U.S.

May 10, 2015 - by: Gilda Villaran 0 COMMENTS

by Gilda Villaran

Employers whose employees must apply for a work permit or extension in order to work in Canada should be aware of a new compliance form and fee that they must submit before the person applies for the work permit. This came into effect February 21. Ports of entry into Canada may refuse to issue the work permits if the employer’s form and fee have not been submitted in advance. read more…

The case for cause with a single act of employee misconduct

May 03, 2015 - by: Keri Bennett 0 COMMENTS

by Keri Bennett

The Supreme Court of Canada tells Canadian employers that they must strike a balance between the severity of the misconduct and the sanction imposed when deciding whether to terminate employment for cause. So what happens when the misconduct is a single act? Can that justify termination for cause? According to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, the answer is yes. read more…

Drug testing does not always violate fundamental rights

by Marie-Gabrielle Bélanger

In Canada, the criteria for allowing random drug or alcohol testing in the workplace are very limited because these tests are regarded by our courts as an invasion of an employee’s privacy. But what about requiring targeted testing of an employee suffering from an addiction? read more…

Transferred employee’s wrongful dismissal suit lands in New York court

April 19, 2015 - by: Northern Exposure 0 COMMENTS

by Bonny Mak Waterfall and Rachel Younan

When a Canadian employer transfers its employee to a non-Canadian entity, is it still on the hook for wrongful dismissal damages? Recently, an Ontario court declined to hear a civil action claiming wrongful dismissal damages from an employee who was transferred to a United States subsidiary of a Canadian company. However, the judgment left open the possibility that different facts may lead to a different result. read more…

Ontario employers should check for overdue accessibility compliance reports

April 12, 2015 - by: Cathy Chandler 0 COMMENTS

by Cathy Chandler

In 2005, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in the world to enact proactive legislation designed to establish policies and programs to promote the provision of services to people with disabilities in five areas: customer service, employment, information and communications, public transportation, and design of public spaces.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires organizations to do many things, including to file certain reports. Private-sector organizations with 20 or more employees were required to complete by December 31, 2014, an online report to tell the government if they have met their accessibility requirements under the AODA. (Designated public-sector organizations and the Government of Ontario also are required to file accessibility reports but on a different schedule.) read more…

When is a suspension not a suspension? When it’s a constructive dismissal

April 05, 2015 - by: David Wong 0 COMMENTS

by David G. Wong

When is a suspension not a suspension? Sounds like the start of a bad joke. However, in a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada explained that in certain circumstances a suspension will be deemed to be a termination. read more…

A slo-pitch: Playing baseball when ‘sick’ = cause for termination

March 29, 2015 - by: Kyla Stott-Jess 0 COMMENTS

by Kyla Stott-Jess

Unexpected employee absences from work can be difficult for employers. Customer service may be compromised. Others’ jobs need to be adjusted. And an employer’s trust in the employee can be damaged. So can an employer terminate an employee for lying about the reason for an absence? read more…

Refusing to collaborate in harassment investigation can be grounds for dismissal

March 22, 2015 - by: Olivier Lamoureux 0 COMMENTS

By Olivier Lamoureux

In Séguin v. Dessau Inc., a tribunal, the Commission des relations du travail (CRT), upheld the dismissal of an employee who had behaved in a vexatious manner toward a subordinate he was enamored with. The dismissed employee had refused to collaborate in the employer’s investigation into an incident of psychological harassment. read more…

Duty to accommodate doesn’t require exempting employee from essential duties

March 15, 2015 - by: Northern Exposure 0 COMMENTS

by Andrew Bratt and Megan Rolland

Canadian human rights legislation generally requires employers to accommodate the disabilities of their employees up to the point of undue hardship. In the recent case of Pourasadi v. Bentley Leathers Inc. (2015 HRTO 138), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario considered whether undue hardship was reached in the context of a retail employee with a physical disability that affected her ability to serve customers. read more…

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