Medical Marijuana: Limits to Consumption in Unionized W …

June 14th, 2019

A recent labour arbitration decision from Saskatchewan has suggested what the boundaries around workplace consumption of medical marijuana might be. In Kindersley (Town) v Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2740, 2018 CanLII 35597 (SK LA), an employee was dismissed for vaping medical marijuana while operating the employer’s vehicle. The employee had previously disclosed to […]


Bill 66: Changes to the Employment Standards and Labour …

May 24th, 2019

Bill 66, which received royal assent on April 3rd, 2019, changes the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA). Workplaces that are covered by the ESA should take note that: Posting requirements are no more: Employers are no longer required to display a poster in the workplace delineating the ESA’s applicable […]


Employment Bill 148 is Being Scrapped…But Which Parts …

October 10th, 2018

Last week Doug Ford announced that he was halting the implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage in Ontario but it looks like he is seeking to additionally roll back other employment laws that have already come into force. Yesterday, October 2, 2018, Doug Ford announced in the Ontario legislature that he was going […]


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 laws to take effect this year

January 5th, 2018

Over the last half of 2017 there was a flood of information on what was going to take effect in 2018 and how we are to prepare for it all, taking the form of articles and news segments discussing controversial components of what will be implemented as of January 1st and how it will impact Canadians as a whole. […]


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 […]

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