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Labour & Employment


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Hicks Morley promotes three to partner

Hicks Morley announced that Jacqueline Luksha, Julia Nanos and Shivani Chopra, all based in the Toronto office, have joined the firm’s partnership. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 8:36 AM

New employment partner joins Davies in Toronto

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg welcomed Seann McAleese as a partner in its pensions, employment and executive compensation practice. ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 1:53 PM

Changes to U.S., Canadian immigration in 2021 flags_canada_u.s._sm

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for employment-based immigration will primarily focus on reversing what President Donald Trump has done since 2017. This includes turning back all of Trump’s executive actions restricting travel, limiting green cards and guest worker programs and attempting to eliminate the DACA program. ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 1:14 PM

Significant 2020 Ontario employment law decisions 2020

With COVID-19 dominating all aspects of life for most of 2020, including the workplace, it is hard to imagine that Ontario courts and tribunals had time to deal with any other legal issues. It is surprising, then, that this year saw so many important decisions in employment and labour law, most of which were not at all related to the pandemic or its effects on the workplace. What follows is the second half of a two-part series on the five top employment and labour law cases of 2020 (and one honourable mention), all of which greatly shaped the law in this area during the past year.  ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 12:18 PM

Feds introducing legislation barring international travellers from COVID-19 benefits Carla_Qualtrough_sm

Ottawa is moving on its vow to bar those who engage in non-essential travel from accessing key COVID-19 benefits upon their return to Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

Pandemic underlines critical need for law firms to create contingency plans, speakers say Kirsti Mathers McHenry sm

When Ontario’s first COVID-19 lockdown was implemented in March 2020, Kirsti Mathers McHenry was on a beach in Bonaire. The next day, the lawyer and consultant with Mathers McHenry & Co., who manages strategy and operations for the Toronto-based employment law firm, was back in the office, asking the organization’s then-complement of six lawyers and staff what they needed to do their jobs from home for the next day, week and month. ... [read more]

Friday, January 08, 2021 @ 1:33 PM

Lawyers weigh in on new harassment, safety workplace regulations David_Whitten_sm

Employment lawyers are giving the thumbs up to Ottawa’s new rules and heavy fines for harassment, violence and health and safety violations in federally regulated workplaces. But they are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to enforcement. ... [read more]

Friday, January 08, 2021 @ 12:32 PM

Alberta extends COVID-19 restrictions until Jan. 21, but schools to reopen for in-class learning Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

Alberta residents will have to follow public health restrictions aimed at reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in the province for the next two weeks, but students across the province will soon find themselves back in the classroom. ... [read more]

Friday, January 08, 2021 @ 11:12 AM

Time management tips from law student with kids Working mom

The first semester of law school is over, and exams are behind us. Unfortunately, we have to go through this cycle five more times. What can practising lawyers as well as law students learn from a mature student who started law school at the tender age of her early 40s with a family and two kids? ... [read more]

Friday, January 08, 2021 @ 9:23 AM

At-home learning for Ontario elementary students extended to Jan. 25

Ontario is extending remote learning for elementary school students in Southern Ontario until Jan. 25 and extending the public health lockdown in Northern Ontario to align with the lockdown in the province’s south. ... [read more]