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Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

Ontario minimum wage hike: Good idea, bad execution | Stuart Rudner

Is a 20 per cent increase in the minimum wage good for the economy, or a devastating blow to some businesses that will lead to the elimination of large numbers of jobs? On one hand, individuals should be paid a living wage. On the other, an increase in your hourly wage is meaningless if your hours are cut, or your job is eliminated altogether. As is usually the case, there is no simple answer. The problem may not be the fact that the minimum wage was increased, but the manner in which the increase was introduced. ... [read more]

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 7:05 AM

PROCESS AND PROCEDURE - Grievances - Continuing grievance

Appeal by the Cape Breton Firefighters Association (Union) from the dismissal of its application for judicial review of the decision of an arbitration board chaired by Ashley (Ashley Board). ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

The Headhunter: How to say goodbye to your law firm | David Namkung

In 2010, Steven Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant, made the news for his outrageous resignation. As his plane was taxiing, he reportedly had an altercation with a passenger, which was the final straw for an already disgruntled Slater. This incident prompted him to spew a string of profanities into the plane’s PA system, declare “... And that’s it, I’m done,” before grabbing two beers and triumphantly exiting by way of the plane’s emergency inflatable slide. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Revamped Alberta labour rules may have big impact on small business Damian Rigolo, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Workers and employers in Alberta awoke Jan. 1 to a raft of new employment standards regulations, which observers say were overdue in many ways but include a number of complex new rules to which smaller businesses may have difficulty adapting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

Ruling on termination clause shows balance in review of contracts, counsel says William Anderson sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed, in part, an employee’s appeal for damages arising out of a termination without cause, in a decision counsel says shows courts are examining termination clauses with a sense of balance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 9:51 AM

Minimum wage hikes: Clawing back employee benefits

Recent changes to the Employment Standards Act has increased payroll costs for many Ontario employers. Employers who employ workers who are paid the minimum wage are disproportionately impacted by these changes. It was recently reported that a Tim Hortons franchisee eliminated paid breaks and paid employee benefits in response to these changes. This is one possible response to these increased payroll costs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 2:37 PM

Gowling WLG grows team

As of the first of the year, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP has 19 new partners. ... [read more]

Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

Quartet of new partners for Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP

Ottawa-based Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP has named four new partners across a number of practice areas. ... [read more]

Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

ARMED FORCES - Personnel - Conditions of service - Compensation and benefits

Appeal by Canada from the decision in its largely unsuccessful application to strike claims by six members and former members of the Canadian Forces who suffered injuries in the line of their military duties. ... [read more]

Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

Pensioners of insolvent companies left out of contingency fee debate | Julius Melnitzer

Something’s been lost so far in the debate about contingency fees that the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) calls “[protecting] access to justice for the public, while ensuring protection from unscrupulous practices and unreasonable fees.” ... [read more]