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EMPLOYEE MANUAL

Employee Manual

A basic manual that contains general policies and procedures that affect all employees is a fundamental tool in any organization. While ownership of the Employee Manual typically lives with the HR Department, all organizational leaders should be very familiar with the contents of such a …

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EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION

Rolling Out Your Employee Manual

The ‘I’s have been dotted and the ‘t’s crossed on your employee orientation manual and now it is time to roll it out. What is the best way to expose your employees to your employee manual?
Regardless of whether you are creating a new the first …

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CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL

When Will A Suspension From Employment Amount To A Constructive Dismissal?

In the recent case of Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, the Supreme Court of Canada provided some interesting clarifications on the law of constructive dismissal.
In this case, Potter was appointed by the defendant as its executive director for a seven-year term.
During the first …

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SUPERVISOR

Are You A Supervisor And Why Should You Care?

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In recent years, those who regulate conduct in the workplace have increasingly looked at individuals who are in a position to affect when, where, how and with what tools, training and supervision people do their jobs. This, of course, is in addition to looking to …

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EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

Reconciling Family And Professional Obligations: What Should An Employer Do?

The Commission des relations du travail (CNT) confirmed in Dannie Bouchard c. 9180-6166 Québec inc. Honda de la Capitale, a decision rendered on January 20, 2015, that employers are not obligated to modify an employee’s work schedule to accommodate obligations relating to the care of …

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WAGES

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increases To Keep Up With Inflation

On October 1, 2015, the general minimum wage rate in Ontario will increase to C$11.25 per hour from C$11 per hour. Minimum wage rates for students, liquor servers, homeworkers and hunting/fishing guides will also increase on that day.
This increase is due to recent amendments to …

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LABOUR RELATIONS

Two Big Wins For Unions At The SCC

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a pair of big wins to Canadian unions. Both judgments relate to public sector unions, but may have important implications for labour law more generally. In both cases, the Court has undermined its own precedent.
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EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

Failure To Reinstate Employee After Maternity/Parental Leave Breaches Human Rights Legislation

In a recent bulletin, we advised readers of the Federal Court of Appeal (“FCA”) decision in Johnstone v. Canadian Border Services Agency (“Johnstone“), which affirms that parental childcare obligations are included under the protected ground of family status under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
In another …

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IMMIGRATION

Employer Roadblocks For Hiring Foreign Workers Continue!

Minister of Immigration, Chris Alexander, continues to make the hiring of foreign workers difficult for Canadian employers. On February 21, 2015 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced new rules that require employers hiring foreign nationals under the International Mobility Programs, such as intra-company transferees and …

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CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL

Suspension held to Constitute Constructive Dismissal:

Employers frequently ask us whether they are allowed to suspend an employee, and, if they do so, whether there is a risk that the employee may sue for constructive dismissal. In a Supreme Court of Canada judgment released on Friday, the main issue was, in …

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