Legal Words

An expensive roller coaster ride for employers –  and an action plan

By George Vassos

This has been a roller coaster ride like no other for HR professionals.

The ride started in May 2015 when the Ontario government appointed two special advisors to conduct the “Changing Workplaces Review.” The top of the ride came two years later on May 23, 2017, when the special advisors issued their extensive final report (and a summary report) with 173 recommendations

Words of warning

By Ruben R. Goulart and Sreya Roy

Providing a reference to a past or present employee is often a balancing act. On one hand, providing a reference or recommendation can significantly assist a departing employee in their search for new employment, as the employer benefits from the past employee’s mitigation efforts. Further, in wrongful dismissal actions, a court may award additional damages against an employer if it finds that the employer refused to provide a reference to an employee deserving of one.

Employers need to be prepared in order to come out on top

By Michael Mazzuca

It’s sometimes said that mediation has no winners. It’s not true. Mediation is rarely all or nothing, but that doesn’t mean that one side doesn’t win. How do you “win” a mediation? As with many things in life, winning at mediation comes from doing your homework. By following the five key steps below, HR professionals can win before they even set foot in the mediation room.

Avoiding discrimination on the basis of disability

By Allison E. MacIsaac

As the use of medical marijuana becomes more prevalent, employers are encouraged to place a high priority on ensuring they meet their legal obligations towards employees requiring the use of medical marijuana, and, in particular, their duties towards such employees.

By Mark Repath

For almost 40 years, it had been an open question whether federally regulated employers could be ordered to reinstate an employee who had been dismissed without cause.

By Naumaan Hameed 

On Nov. 19, 2016, the federal government introduced fundamental changes to Express Entry – Canada’s electronic system for selecting economic immigrants.