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Labour & Employment


Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 4:13 PM

Ontario encourages businesses hit by COVID-19 lockdown to apply for support grant

Ontario is urging small businesses affected by the provincewide COVID-19 shutdown to join the roughly 42,000 enterprises that have already applied for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Who was that unmasked man? | Marcel Strigberger

“No mask for me; I’m special,” he says.  ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:17 PM

New labour and employment partner for Mathews Dinsdale

Mathews Dinsdale welcomed John Craig as a partner to the firm. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 2:09 PM

Trudeau says government will look at vetting process for governor general after Payette resignation Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to look at the vetting process for Canada’s governor general after Julie Payette resigned from the position amidst accusations of a toxic workplace at Rideau Hall during her tenure. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:45 PM

Subjective common intention overrides objective factors Jigsaw piece with man icon printed on it held by two fingers in foreground, with jigsaw puzzle with missing piece in background

Previously, the Federal Court of Appeal in 1392644 Ontario Inc (c.o.b. Connor Homes) v. Canada (Minister of National Revenue - MNR) [2013] F.C.J. No. 327 (Connor Homes) clearly laid out the framework for determining whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor. The Tax Court of Canada has addressed some interpretation issues with the test in Connor Homes in Insurance Institute of Ontario v. Canada (Minister of National Revenue - MNR) [2020] T.C.J. No. 59. ... [read more]

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 1:22 PM

Why diversity is important to legal profession | Sacha de Klerk

If we were all the same, things would be much simpler. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 3:52 PM

Spring Law adds associate

Spring Law announced that associate lawyer Emily Siu has joined the firm. She is in her third year of lawyering and comes from a litigation background. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 9:41 AM

Hospital CEO fired for travelling to U.S. claiming bad faith, loss of reputation in lawsuit

A former hospital CEO who was fired after travelling to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic has launched a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against his former employer, saying he was dismissed in bad faith and that the hospital’s board chair approved his plans to go south of the border. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 6:11 AM


Appeal by the employer from the Tax Court decision dismissing its appeal from the Minister’s determination that certain of the appellant’s workers were employees. The appellant was a staffing company which provided wait staff for two related companies carrying on catering businesses. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 9:17 AM

Mandatory vaccinations, work refusals major issues for employers in 2021, legal experts say Michael Lynk, Western University faculty of law

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging into the new year and people across Canada facing curfews and stay-at-home orders, legal observers are saying employers are likely to see challenges in terms of whether they can compel their employees to get vaccinated and what options they have in dealing with employees saying they feel uncomfortable with coming into work. ... [read more]