Mitchell Rose

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Job’s Yours: An Employment Contract Anthem

“Like a fool I went and wrote it wrong,

Now I’m wondering if the offer’s strong…”

With due respect to Stevie Wonder, there are few documents more important in employment law than an employment contract. Contracts do not have to be overly complicated, and should be custom tailored to meet the needs of your business.

Yet the importance of getting them right cannot be understated. These documents determine how employment relationships begin, how they move forward, and, unfortunately – but most importantly, how they’ll end. A well-written contract can protect a business – or an employee – from disaster. A poorly-written one may wind up costing a small fortune to either party. Read more →

More Changes to AODA – Are You Truly Open For Business?

For employers, the start of a new year in this decade has been synonymous with a new wave of regulations coming in under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, more commonly referred to as “AODA.”

Previously, AODA’s broadest workplace requirements only applied to large organizations. Now as of January 1, 2017, AODA requires smaller organizations of up to 50 employees to implement a new set of standards.

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Getting Past Impasse with Mediator Settlement Recommendations

Reaching the end of a mediation session and learning that you and the other side are far apart in your settlement positions can be disappointing. In the following weeks, after the dust settles, the mediator may follow up with you to see if positions have softened or if there is a new way of resolving the dispute.  However, despite everyone’s best efforts, there may still be an impasse.

 

In a final attempt to resolve the dispute – whether at mediation or at some later point – you might ask the mediator to recommend (or, to propose) settlement terms to both sides in the hope of reaching a deal.

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