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Another One Bites the Dust…Court of Appeal Strikes Down Termination Provision

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has found that where an employment agreement has a “for cause” termination provision which violates the ESA and a “without cause provision” which complies with the ESA, both provisions will be struck down as unenforceable.  This is the case even if the employee is being terminated “without cause” and even in the face of a severability clause. 

For a limited time, we are offering FREE twenty-minute zoom consultations for employees seeking employment law advice…

For a limited time, we are offering FREE twenty-minute zoom consultations for employees seeking employment law advice… As businesses throughout the province of Ontario gradually begin to reopen, many employees have questions about what the employment relationship will look like in the era of COVID-19. For a limited time, we are offering FREE twenty-minute zoom…

Return to Work in the “New Normal” – Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Return to Work in the “New Normal” – Employment Rights and Responsibilities As businesses throughout the province of Ontario gradually begin to reopen, many employers and employees have questions about what the employment relationship will look like in the era of COVID-19. The government of Ontario has recently published industry-specific guidelines to assist employers with…

Liability to the Public in the Era of COVID-19

Liability to the Public in the Era of COVID-19 As the province of Ontario begins reopening, businesses will need to take steps to ensure the safety of the public and their employees given COVID-19. The government of Ontario has recently published industry-specific guidelines to assist employers with keeping workers and the public safe. These can…

Government of Ontario Extends Temporary Layoffs

Government of Ontario Extends Temporary Layoffs With many businesses closed since a state of emergency was declared on March 17, 2020, the Ontario government has now announced new measures to extend the temporary layoff period. Previously, Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) provided that temporary layoffs could not exceed thirteen weeks in any period…

Private Arbitration – A Solution to Courthouse Gridlock?

Private Arbitration – A Solution to Courthouse Gridlock? The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing the Ontario court system to evolve in order to maintain access to justice. Unfortunately, the Ontario courts remain significantly backlogged and while some hearings have resumed, most trials are still being adjourned and many civil matters will likely take even…

Construction Lien Deadlines Back in Place

Construction Lien Deadlines Back in Place Effective March 16, 2020 the government of Ontario suspended the application of limitation periods (the time period by which certain court actions must be started).  As such, the time within which a party needed to preserve or perfect a construction lien was also presumed to have been suspended.  The…

Rent Relief and the Difficult Landlord

Rent Relief and the Difficult Landlord As most commercial landlords and tenants are now aware, the federal government has announced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. CECRA provides forgivable loans to qualified commercial landlords that offer at least a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May, and June for impacted small…

Employment Law Answers About COVID 19

The recent global pandemic has left both employers and employees in a state of confusion when it comes to employment law. Fortunately, there are employment lawyers available who can help to ease some of the confusion. An employment lawyer Ottawa business owners can rely on for the right answers is available to help you navigate…

When Should You Start Estate Planning?

When Should You Start Estate Planning? Per Caring.com’s survey in 2020, nearly 30% of people believe that a will should be put in place before 35 years of age. People tend to spend more time planning outings and vacations than how their assets will be handled once they are gone. Estate planning may not be…