Jim Anstey on Behind the Headlines

May 17, 2021
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Can employers mandate vaccines in the workplace? Labour and employment lawyer Jim Anstey recently appeared on the Ottawa Business Journal’s Behind the Headlines podcast to discuss the idea of vaccination policies from an employment law perspective:

Busting workplace mental health myths

May 5, 2021
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Can I take a “mental health day”? Yes. The law requires employers to treat mental and physical health difficulties the same. If an employee is dealing with a mental health issue such as stress, anxiety or depression, and requires time to recover, this must be treated the same as any other health difficulty or physical… Read more »

Ontario’s new Worker Income Protection Benefit explained

April 30, 2021
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After mounting pressure and calls for minimum sick days, the provincial government has announced the Putting Workers First Act to be introduced on April 29, 2021. The new legislation will require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave if they have to take time off because of specific reasons related… Read more »

Janice Payne Awarded 2021 Law Society Medal

March 11, 2021
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We are so excited to share that Janice Payne has been awarded the 2021 Law Society Medal for her incredible contribution to the legal profession. Each year, the Law Society of Ontario awards the Law Society Medal to selected lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the profession.  The award is given for outstanding… Read more »

2SLGBTQ+ Human Rights in the Workplace

February 19, 2021
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Canada has made positive steps towards extending legal protection to members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in recent years (for a timeline of key legal decisions and events that have contributed towards the progression of these rights in Canada, see here). The employment relationship, however, is still inherently imbalanced, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals can be particularly vulnerable to… Read more »

Am I entitled to vacation pay while on Infectious Disease Emergency Leave?

February 11, 2021
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Many employees have been using the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for almost one year. By now, those employees should have received their accrued but unused vacation pay (4% or 6% of gross wages earned during a 12-month vacation entitlement year) for the previous “vacation entitlement year”. Your “vacation entitlement year” is typically the recurring 12-month… Read more »

Non-Unionized Employees Can Bring Superior Court Actions for Wrongful Dismissals

February 5, 2021
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Andrew Montague-Reinholdt has had an important win this week in the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision, Pearce v. Canada (Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces). Mr. Pearce was a non-unionized federal public service employee. He argued constructive dismissal against his employer, who fell under the “undesignated Separate Agency” category pursuant to the Federal Public… Read more »

Janice Payne on CTV News

February 5, 2021
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Can workplaces require their employees to be vaccinated? This question is top of mind for employers as the vaccine rollout continues across the country. Watch as Janice Payne discusses the balance of employee rights and employer obligations that must be considered.

Can the Pandemic Warrant a Longer Notice Period?

February 1, 2021
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In a decision released on January 18, 2021, Yee v Hudson’s Bay Company, 2021 ONSC 387, the court pronounced itself on whether the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the length of reasonable notice periods. The Facts Marvin Yee was a Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC”) employee for 11.65 years when his employment ended on August 28, 2019; pre-COVID…. Read more »