Focus On

Labour & Employment


Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 5:24 AM

McInnes Cooper partner inducted into College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

McInnes Cooper announced that Halifax partner Malcolm Boyle has been inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 3:33 PM

Windsor pro bono students launch trans ID clinic, expand on Toronto pilot Ryan Markesic sm

The Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) chapter at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law is launching its own clinic to assist trans people who want to change their ID. “As Canadians, it’s almost impossible to do anything if you don’t have proper ID,” explained Ryan Markesic, the PBSC program co-ordinator who will be overseeing the trans ID clinic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 3:07 PM

Termination for defamation: HR tips to avoid Cherry scenario Poppy

You don’t keep an employee for long if they don’t have a positive impact on your business, and 38 years of Coach’s Corner would indicate that hockey broadcaster Don Cherry was good for Hockey Night in Canada. He clearly had a positive impact on TV ratings over the years and was an asset for his employer. But sometimes good things end and for Cherry it came in the form of a rant which many viewers took as anti-immigrant. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Ontario changes immigration laws to tackle truck driver shortage truck_driver_sm

Earlier this year, the Ontario government introduced changes to the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 that included a new immigration stream for transport truck drivers. Under this new stream, individuals intending to live in Ontario and work as transport truck drivers may now qualify to apply to the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) for support in obtaining permanent residence status in Canada. This has been a welcome response to Canada’s long-haul truck driver shortage crisis. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 8:30 AM


Application by Amec Foster Wheeler Americas Ltd. (Amec) for judicial review, seeking to quash a decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. ... [read more]

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 2:12 PM

Supreme Court’s Uber decision could open floodgates for others | Rachel Goldenberg

Uber’s appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada commenced on Nov. 6.  As previously discussed, Uber is appealing the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision (Heller v. Uber Technologies Inc. [2019] O.J. No. 1) that the clause in Uber’s contracts with its drivers which requires arbitration rather than civil action is invalid and unenforceable. Gig economy employers, workers and the public at large are anxiously awaiting a determination from the Supreme Court, hoping for some guidance on whether gig economy workers are employees or contractors. ... [read more]

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

What employers should know about Ontario’s Pay Equity Act threeworkers and clock

Ontario employers are obligated to maintain practices that preserve pay equity. Despite the Ontario Pay Equity Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.7 (PEA) being in force since Jan. 1, 1988, many employers remain unaware of their pay equity obligations and, also, the significant penalties for failing to do so. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

Rae Christen Jeffries adds associate

Rae Christen Jeffries LLP announced that Stephen Choo has joined the Toronto firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 12:41 PM

The tricky question of what counts as employee mitigation | Stuart Rudner

It is well established that a dismissed employee has a duty to mitigate their damages by making reasonable efforts to find new employment. Recent jurisprudence confirms that this means the dismissed employee must look for and accept comparable employment, which makes sense; a former CEO should not be required to accept a job as a cashier as part of their duty to mitigate. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

International arbitration gets innovative: Overcoming problems arbitration_global_sm

In the first two parts of this series I wrote about innovative uses of international arbitration in other forms of disputes. After outlining a proposal by former United States Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper (The Arbitration of Cross-Border Business Insolvencies), I noted that so far there has not been a rush to agree to arbitration in cross-border insolvency matters. In this article I would like to discuss why. ... [read more]