How the Infections Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) may leave vulnerable Employees behind

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October 21, 2020
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On September 3, 2020, the province unassumingly extended the IDEL, which was supposed to end on September 4, 2020. Although the province framed the purpose of the leave as protecting employees, it has had the opposite effect. Recap In May 2020, the provincial government changed certain Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) rules to “protect” employees through… Read more »

A note from Lanise Hayes, Chair of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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October 21, 2020
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As a bi-racial woman, I grew up with a sense of belonging and inclusion within my family, protected from much of the adversity faced by BIPOC. However, throughout my life I have on occasion experienced that adversity and sometimes the fear many BIPOC live with each day. My father made the first human rights complaint… Read more »

Expanding our Employment Law Helpline

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October 15, 2020
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On March 25th, we launched our free COVID-19 Employment Law helpline. Since then, we have helped hundreds of people whose employment situations were affected by COVID-19 navigate their options and understand their rights. Today, we are expanding our helpline to provide free assistance to employees in Ontario related to their human rights in employment. Nelligan… Read more »

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Law: Bonuses During Notice Period Must Be Paid, and Employers Should Not Act Dishonestly

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October 9, 2020
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Authors: Christopher Rootham and Adrienne Fanjoy In Matthews v Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified the rules around bonus payments or other incentive payments that become payable during the notice period after an employee is dismissed. The Supreme Court also made it clear that employers should not act dishonestly and… Read more »

12 Questions to Consider Before Terminating an Employee for Absenteeism or Lateness

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September 17, 2020
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It should be unsurprising for an employee to learn that their employment may be in jeopardy if they are chronically absent or late for work. In the time of COVID-19, some employees are facing challenges working full time because of childcare obligations and other unexpected commitments. In certain circumstances, issues with attendance and lateness may… Read more »

Nine Lawyers Recognized in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada

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September 11, 2020
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We are thrilled to announce that nine of our lawyers have been recognized in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada. Best Lawyers™ has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list… Read more »

Layoffs turning into terminations on September 4? Not necessarily. Important change to the layoff period:

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September 4, 2020
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COVID-19 hit the province in and around March 16, 2020. As a result, many businesses were forced to temporarily layoff their employees. typically, an employer can only layoff and employee if it is directly permitted in your employment contract or implied as part of industry standards. As such, some employees started treating these layoffs as… Read more »

What happens when the CERB is discontinued? New COVID-related benefits explained

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August 26, 2020
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The CERB’s fast approaching discontinuance has given rise to the introduction of new benefits by the federal government that are set to be available on September 27th. This blog provides a snapshot of three new benefits and how they can assist you in navigating these challenging times. They are the: Canada Recovery Benefit for Canadians… Read more »

Transitioning from the CERB to the EI system—what happens once the CERB stops?

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August 25, 2020
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As the summer comes to an end, so too will many Canadians’ CERB payments. After October 30, 2020, Canadians will no longer have access to the CERB.  In an attempt to transition Canadians from the CERB to a simplified Employment Insurance program, the Federal Government has made changes effective September 27, 2020. They have also… Read more »

A legal timeline of 2SLGBTQ+ Rights in Canada

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August 24, 2020
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In August, Nelligan Law and the City of Ottawa are celebrating Capital Pride. 2SLGBTQ+ rights have come a long way in Canada. Our Family Law group has created a timeline that revisits key legal decisions and events that have contributed towards progression 2SLGBTQ + rights in our country. While progress has been made, it is… Read more »