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Labour & Employment


Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 1:17 PM

Why COVID-related layoffs could result in constructive dismissal claims COVID germs and workers

A key ruling on the issue of constructive dismissals during COVID-19 has considered an employee’s rights to common law damages for constructive dismissal in light of temporary layoffs by employers pursuant to emergency legislation. An endorsement released by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the matter of Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre Ltd. [2021] O.J. No. 2237 on April 27, 2021, opens the door for claims of constructive dismissal as a result of temporary COVID-19 layoffs. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 11:22 AM

Access to justice: Coaching vs. lawyering | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: I have an issue with a tenant who is renting some property I own. They claim that I failed to repair an appliance and that there are now bugs in their place; they are withholding my rent payment. I was served with papers and there is a hearing in three months. I talked to a lawyer but they wanted a large retainer — their hourly rates seemed very high. How can I get some legal help? ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Who is entitled to paid sick days? | Stuart Rudner

One of the biggest topics of debate these days is whether employees should be entitled to paid time off when they are sick. There has been extensive discussion about whether paid sick days should be legislatively required and if so: ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 8:38 AM

A case for the business immigration class Immigrant watering a money tree

On April 15, 2021, the office of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, announced a brand new Permanent Resident (PR) pathway for three classes of applicants. As of May 6, 2021, temporary foreign workers in health care and selected essential occupations, and recently graduated international students from designated Canadian institutions became eligible to apply for permanent residence. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 4:26 PM

Ontario extends stay-at-home order to at least June 2, announces vaccination for youth 12-17 Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

Ontario is extending its stay-at-home order an extra two weeks until at least June 2 as the province continues battling to reduce COVID-19 case numbers and free up overcrowded hospitals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

Work that works: Difficulties new calls face when starting out | Charlene Theodore

You have your law degree … now what? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 6:09 AM


Appeal by the defendant GWR Resources from the award of $72,500 in contractual damages to the respondent Eisler for wrongful dismissal and the dismissal of its counterclaim. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 6:09 AM

WRONGFUL DISMISSAL - Constructive dismissal - Change to remuneration - Economic conditions

Action by Kosteckyj for damages for wrongful dismissal. Kosteckyj commenced employment with Apache Canada as a Senior Integrity Engineer in October 2013. In August 2017, the defendant Paramount Resources took over the business of Apache in Canada and continued Kosteckyj’s employment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 1:59 PM

Will China take our immigrants? Canadian and Chinese flags

The recent Toronto Globe and Mail article by John Ibbitson (April 28, 2021), and Doug Saunders’ tweet one day earlier, stating that the reduced birth rate in China “will help make immigration a seller’s market” and which will compete against Canada’s immigration targets, is a good point. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 11:55 AM

Appeal Court upholds ruling that Quebec’s back-to-work legislation unconstitutional

Quebec government lawyers and notaries, bolstered by yet another legal victory after the Quebec Court of Appeal Quebec upheld a lower court decision that found the back-to-work legislation which put an end to the longest Canadian strike by public civil servants was unconstitutional, are now hopeful that negotiations with the provincial government will lead to a new collective agreement. ... [read more]