Layoffs and terminations are frequently used interchangeably and erroneously in the media. If you have lost your job due to the COVID-19 emergency measures, you must understand which one applies to you because your rights vary greatly, depending on which one it is.
Employee Rights Blog
Ontario is open for business following the COVID-19 emergency lock down. But employees have questions about their health and safety, as well as job status and security. Here are answers to the top ten return-to-work questions we receive from employees.
The COVID-19 crisis has put a glaring spotlight on the matter of sick leave. Will you manage financially if you have to take extended time off from work to recover? National short-term disability benefits would dovetail perfectly with the long-held Canadian tradition of universal healthcare. And implementing it would require nothing more than simple modifications to existing programs.
The Supreme Court of Canada cemented legal protection for employees from harsh and punitive arbitration clauses they may have been forced to sign as a condition of employment. Read how Uber workers in Ontario made this possible.
Canadians and Americans may be culturally similar on some levels. However, in the arena of employment law, we could not be further apart. This is a legal environment that would make the likes of Donald Trump contrite and speechless. A recent ground-breaking case is sure to render many U.S-style employment contracts null and void in Ontario. Does yours pass the smell test?
On June 1, 2020, the Ford government introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA). The changes primarily accommodate employers and their present-day financial woes. At a glance, this will come as a terrible blow and a step backwards for employee rights in Ontario. However, Ontario’s employment laws still remain pro-employee. Here’s why.
CERB was introduced with great haste in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Ordinarily, such programs take months and years to design. While it has temporarily replaced the EI benefits program, the government has not presently clarified how CERB will be treated against severance pay. The CRA may require you to pay it back.
Anyone facing a layoff due to COVID-19 should understand how to apply for federal government assistance through the Employment Insurance program, and know your rights if the pandemic persists and the economy slides into a recession.
COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges to workplaces. This blog helps employees understand employment law, their rights and Ontario employee sick leave entitlements.