Cannabis and the Workplace

June 11th, 2018

Canada’s proposed Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act, is expected to come into force on July 1, 2018, as will Ontario’s Cannabis Act, 2017.  At that point, in Ontario, it will be legal for individuals aged 19 years and older to purchase and consume cannabis for non-medical purposes, to grow up to 4 plants per household, […]

 

Tim Hortons Franchises Reduce Employee Benefits

January 8th, 2018

The news has been filled with stories about certain Tim Hortons franchises reducing employee benefits and no longer paying employees for their breaks. What these franchises have done is a shock to many, especially so to their employees. Despite this media storm, what these franchises have done is completely legal and complies with the Ontario’s […]

 

New Workplace Standards Bill Is Now Law

November 29th, 2017

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, has passed its third and final reading with the Ontario Legislature and will very soon become law. The Bill makes significant changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws, including changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and the Occupational Health and Safety […]

 

Bill to increase Minimum Wage hotly debated in Ontario …

October 18th, 2017

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is in the midst of being debated by members of the Ontario Legislature. The Bill proposes changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, which include an increase of the minimum wage to $14 per hour by January 1st, 2018 and again to $15 per hour by January 1st, […]

 

ESPN Suspends Host Jemele Hill after Social Media Polic …

October 11th, 2017

After her second violation of the ESPN Network’s social media guidelines, host Jemele Hill has been suspended. Her second violation comes via a tweet, where she advised her followers to boycott advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he “threatened to bench any player who kneels during the national anthem.” The network released […]

 

Colleges and Faculty to Continue Contract Discussion to …

October 10th, 2017

In a previous blog post we discuss the call for a strike that Ontario’s colleges faculty members will vote for in the fall, after rejecting a 7.5% wage hike offered by the Ontario government. Now, they are back to negotiating after the Thanksgiving weekend. Ontario’s colleges are back at the bargaining table today, as the […]

 

Toronto Zoo Strike Costs Toronto $4 Million

October 4th, 2017

Last spring, the Toronto Zoo saw a strike over wages for its workers, which caused the Zoo to remain closed for 5 weeks while an agreement was reached. The agreement gave the workers a 1.25-per-cent wage hike in each of the four years of their contracts and the non-union staff will be closely watched as […]

 

Ontario’s Workforce is Increasingly Temporary

September 27th, 2017

Recently, Fiera Foods, an industrial bakery in Toronto, came under fire for the third death of a worker at its factory since 1999. All three workers were temporary workers and killed in workplace accidents, giving rise to questions of the quality of training that such employees received. A temporary worker is more likely to be […]

 

Recycling Plant to Pay $1.33M in Fines, Back Wages

September 26th, 2017

A recycling plant in North York has been employing temp-workers for years at a low-wage and has been ordered to pay $1.33M in fines and back pay to workers. Canada Fibers Ltd. has violated the City of Toronto’s fair wage policy after a two year investigation revealed they were paying workers below the agreed upon […]

 
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