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Can Managers Refuse Overtime? | Lecker & Associates - Employment Lawyers Toronto

Can Managers Refuse Overtime?

Refusing to work extra hours is risky business for managers. Like all regular employees, managers’ relationships with their employers are governed by Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA). However, regulations under the Act also exempt those “whose work is supervisory or managerial in character” from the overtime provisions, which would otherwise entitle anyone to 1.5 times […]

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The Transition from CERB to EI and Other Programs | Lecker & Associates Employment and Disability Lawyers Toronto

The Transition from CERB to EI and Other Programs

At the beginning of the pandemic, a multitude of job losses following the emergency lockdown prompted the federal government to implement the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). CERB was set up to provide employed and self-employed Canadians who were affected by COVID-19 with financial support in the form of temporary income replacement. Eligible workers received […]

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What Employees Should Know About Workplace Vaccinations | Lecker & Associates

What Employees Should Know About Workplace Vaccinations

By Jordan Reiner, Partner – Lecker & Associates When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination, some employers are mandating that their employees be vaccinated before returning to the office. If you as an employee find yourself in a similar situation, you may be asking yourself, “can my employer force me to be vaccinated,” “what are […]

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Ontario Employment Laws Do Not Stop Lawsuits - Employer's Beware! | Lecker & Associates

Ontario Employment Laws Do Not Stop Lawsuits – Employer’s Beware!

On June 1, 2020, the Ford government introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the governing statutes that form Ontario’s employment laws. The amendments took the form of O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”). IDEL was enacted by the Ontario government as a measure to furlough (e.g. “layoff”) employees who may or […]

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What to do if You Love Your Job But it Doesn’t Love You Back | Lecker & Associates - Toronto Employment Lawyers

What to do if You Love Your Job But it Doesn’t Love You Back

No matter how much we love our job, there can come a time when an individual is undergoing a mental disability, such as tremendous stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression, and medical leave is both necessary and recommended by a physician. Prior to and in the wake of COVID-19, the mental health crisis has severely increased […]

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COVID-19 Return To Work | Top 10 Employee FAQS | Lecker and Associates

COVID-19 Return To Work | Top 10 Employee FAQS

When the COVID-19 emergency was declared in March, we expected signs of normalcy to return over the summer months. Now that the province has re-opened for business, we have come to grasp a new reality; learning to live safely with the virus. Let’s digest what this means for Ontario workers.  The Occupational Health & Safety […]

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COVID-19: No Excuse to Lay/Off Employees | Lecker & Associates

COVID-19: No Excuse to Lay/Off Employees

As the proverbial dust from the chaotic storm of events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic begins to settle, more and more cases addressing its impact on employee rights are being decided. In Ristanovic v. Corma Inc., and Eliyahu Asafov v Corma Inc., 2021, ONSC 4108, the employee Plaintiffs (who were successfully represented by Jordan Reiner […]

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