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, […]

Significant Changes Coming to Ontario’s Labour and Em …

August 30th, 2017

Ontario is one step closer to approving the minimum wage increase of $15 an hour, however that is not the only change that is on Ontario’s horizon. A legislative committee studying the bill has concluded its work, advancing the bill to the fall session of the legislature, which begins September 11. Bill 148, known as […]

Failure to Pay an ESA Order Resulted in Jail Time and a …

June 29th, 2017

By: Michelle Cook, Summer Law Student On June 6, 2017, a Mississauga employer received a jail sentence of 30 days plus an additional fine of $20,000 after failing to pay an order issued by a Ministry of Labour employment standards officer. The order required him to pay about $140,000 in outstanding wages to his 43 workers, many university […]

Is A $15 Minimum Wage, More Unionization and a Minimum …

May 17th, 2017

By: Michelle Cook, Summer Law Student The Ontario Liberal government has just concluded its comprehensive review of the Ontario Employment Standards Act and Ontario Labour Relations Act, the two pieces of legislation that set out minimum standards in the workplace. While only the interim report has been released to the public, the final version of […]

What rights do employees in Ontario have?

September 19th, 2016

The Employment Standards Act applies to most workers in Ontario. It does not apply to workers in federally-regulated industries, such as banks and transportation. The ESA has rules that employers have to follow. For instance, it covers the topic of hours worked, what constitutes as minimum wage, when employees are qualified for severance pay, etc. […]

Court of Appeal Awards Over $200,000 for Breach of Fixe …

May 13th, 2016

Employers with employees on fixed-term employment contracts should pay heed to the recent decision in Howard v Benson Group, where the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a motion judge’s findings with relation to a fixed-term contract and, in doing so, awarded an employee over $200,000.00 – the balance of his contract. The facts of the […]

Employee Whose Contract is Frustrated by Terminal Cance …

October 6th, 2015

By Jeffrey H. Spiegel It is clear from the relevant statutory and regulatory provisions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”) that an employee whose contract is frustrated on account of illness or injury is entitled to both termination pay and severance pay.  An employment contract is frustrated when the employee will be unable […]

Retail Employees Who Decline Work on Sundays Not Entitl …

July 25th, 2015

A grocery store employee exercises his right to refuse work by declining Sunday shifts but is not compensated or offered alternative shifts.

Bankrupt Employer ≠ Helpless Employee

June 9th, 2015

It has long been recognized by the courts that there is a power imbalance between employers and employees. Given the nature of the employer-employee relationship, one may be able to see why an employee may feel as though they are at the mercy of their employer. Luckily, there are statutory safeguards to place employees on […]

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