Good News! Severance Pay Based on Ontario Payroll Only!

As most employers who operate in Ontario are aware, in accordance with the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, as amended (the “ESA”), an employer who terminates an employee without cause must provide an employee with statutory severance pay if: 1. The employee has five years of service or more; and 2. The employer has a...

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BC Proposes Amendments to the Employment Standards Act

Surprise, surprise…another Bill but this time in British Columbia. On April 29, 2019, the BC Government tabled Bill 8: Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019. If passed into law, Bill 8 will be the first major revision of the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) in about 15 years. Some of the highlights of the amendments to take...

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Canada’s New Parental Sharing Benefit

The Government of Canada recently launched a new Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit on March 17, 2019. Parents, including same-sex parents, are now entitled to additional Employment Insurance benefits after the birth or adoption of a child, subject to both parents sharing the parental leave. In particular, provided both parents take parental leave and select...

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Bills Bills Bills!

Have you lost count of how many Bills have been introduced lately? Luckily, we haven’t! On April 3rd, 2019, Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitive Act became law, meaning even more changes for Ontario employers (and one less Bill)! Some key changes to take note of are: ESA Posters: That little poster you have hanging in...

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The Truth Can Hurt and That’s Okay: Providing Negative Employment References

The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied hearing an appeal of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Kanak v. Riggin, (“Kanak”), which confirmed that an employer can provide a negative employment reference in particular circumstances. In Kanak, an employee sued her former manager for defamation for what she felt was a particularly unfair employment reference that...

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Employer in Saskatchewan owes close to $20,000 in overtime for misclassifying an employee as a manager

A recent Court of Appeal decision from Saskatchewan reminds all employers of the costs associated with misclassifying an employee as a manager in order to avoid paying overtime pay. In Balzer v. Federated Co-Operatives, an employee made a claim for overtime pay (in addition to wrongful dismissal damages). The trial judge awarded $19,398.30 in unpaid...

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