Employment Law – Changing of the Seasons

Employment Law Newsletter – Fall, 2018.

Autumn Wilderness. Photo credit: Mitchell Rose

Change is in the air. The leaves have turned bright colours, and many, if not most, have fallen to the ground. Seemingly endless summer heat waves have turned to cold days, rain and frost. Meanwhile, the days grow shorter.  Is it any surprise then that Ontario employment law, which seems to be in an almost constant state of flux, has changed again this autumn? Just as we need to switch to winter tires for safety, turn off the water to avoid frozen pipes, and dig out our warmer clothes for comfort and protection, employers need to be informed of recent legal developments, and take appropriate steps to make their workplaces compliant to avoid legal liability and excess costs. Employees need to understand how the winds of change have affected their rights – which are not always what they might first appear. In either case,  we are here to help lead you out of the wilderness.



Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

You may have heard that the new Conservative provincial government has introduced a controversial new bill (47) with the sunny title Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. The Act repeals many (but not all) of  the sweeping changes to employment standards legislation which the previous Liberal government created via the equally controversial (and also sunny titled) Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017  (better known as Bill 148). The most well-known of the new government’s changes is to keep the general minimum wage at $14.00 Read more →

There Are Major Changes to Ontario Employment Law – Are You Ready?

Last summer, many Ontario employers took a collective gasp (while many employees cheered) when the government announced that minimum wage would be increasing to $15.00 per hour by the end of the decade.

The move was only one part of Bill 148, with sweeping changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). There are other, significant changes to vacation pay, leaves of absence, equal work legislation, and other areas of workplace law. The Legislature has now passed the Bill, and it has received Royal Assent. Some provisions are now in effect, and others are delayed until later dates. Both employers and employees need to know their changing rights and obligations. Here’s a short (non-exhaustive) guide to get you started:

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Mediation News – Fall 2017: Maximizing Settlement Opportunities, and the Award of Excellence in ADR

In a recent trilogy of short articles for The Lawyer’s Daily, ADR@SGR mediator Mitchell Rose wrote about how lawyers can maximize settlement opportunities at mediation in various types of civil disputes, including wrongful dismissal, personal injury and real property matters.

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