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Copyright and patent ownership becomes more ambiguous in today’s flexible world of work

By Donya Vahidi

If employers are concerned about protecting their intellectual property, they should be aware of certain intellectual property ownership laws that govern ownership. While intellectual property covers a broad range of subject matter, the areas that are most commonly seen in the heart of employer-employee disputes are patents and copyrights, and to make matters interesting, the laws

With legislation changing constantly, how can HR professionals keep up?

By Karen Stone, CHRE

The past decade of employment law has seen more change than ever before. In Ontario, our commitment to strong human rights legislation is commendable – and it takes a lot of research, knowledge and fast-paced legal advancement to keep up with emerging areas of the law. 

The decision could be good news for wrongfully dismissed employees

By Hendrik Nieuwland

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Brake v. PJ-M2R Restaurant Inc. has significant implications for employers involved in wrongful dismissal litigation. The court clarified a number of issues concerning mitigation income that can be used to offset a reasonable notice award in damages. It could be said that the decision in Brake can have the effect of placing a wrongfully dismissed employee in a better position than they would have been

Entitlement to chronic mental stress BENEFIT to expand effective Jan. 1, 2018

By Laura Williams

The Ontario government’s budget implementation Bill 127, the Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, amends numerous pieces of legislation, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA). The most significant Bill 127

2017’s biggest issues in Canadian employment law

By Heather Hudson

Marijuana, vacation pay claims and Bill 148 are just a few of the pressing topics on the minds of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)’s HR Law Conference co-chairs, David A. Whitten and James D. Heeney.

... AND MORE ESA COMPLAINTS

By Jason Beeho

Although not yet in force at the time of this writing, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, otherwise known as Bill 148, will bring major changes to both the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act when it inevitably becomes the law-of-the-land.