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January 5, 2022

Ontario Moves to Modified Step 2 in Response to Omicron: Employees Required to Work Remotely Unless Nature of Work Requires Them to be On-Site

By Todd Weisberg and Jozef Hadlaw-Murray

On January 3, 2022, the Ontario government announced that due to the staggering COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates related to the Omicron...

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December 3, 2021

New Act Bans Non-Compete Clauses, Mandates the Creation of a Disconnecting from Work Policy

By Hendrik Nieuwland and Jozef Hadlaw-Murray

On December 2, 2021, the Ontario Government gave Royal Assent to the Working for Workers Act, 2021. The Act will result in several major employment...

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October 27, 2021

Federal Government Provides Guidance on What ROE Codes Employers Should Use for Employees Who Fail to Comply with COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

By Kenji Nuhn and Jozef Hadlaw-Murray

On October 15, 2021, the Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) department of the federal government provided guidance on ho...

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July 29, 2021

Arbitrator Provides Clarity on COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program

By Brandin O'Connor and Jozef Hadlaw-Murray

On June 10, 2021, a labour arbitrator in EllisDon Construction Ltd. v Labourers' International Union of North America, Local 183 found that the emp...

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June 17, 2021

Ontario Employers Will Be Liable For Severance Payments If The Company’s Global Payroll Is $2.5 million Or More

By Hendrik Nieuwland and Nicole Jakobek

Under section 64 of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) an employee is qualified to receive severance pay if their employment is...

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June 10, 2021

Employees Temporarily Laid Off Under Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) Not Constructively Dismissed at Common Law

By Todd Weisberg and Nicole Jakobek

As discussed previously on our blog here, on May 29, 2020, Ontario Regulation 228/20 (“the Regulation”) was passed under the Employment...

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