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Stress Leave in Ontario | Lecker & Associates

Stress Leave in Ontario

Workplaces continue to ignore the impact of the pandemic on employee mental health. Some choose to openly discriminate against employees with anxiety and depression, exacerbating the nature of the illness. Consequently, stress leave is on the rise in Ontario.

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Season to be Fired

T’is the Season to be Fired!

Your holiday spirit might be suppressed this year with all that has occurred in 2020. The pandemic ensured this was indeed the year to be fired and we expect job losses to continue. It is very important for employees to understand their employment rights and we hope this series of COVID-19 related blogs help you navigate your workplace matters.

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Illegal Layoffs

Illegal Layoffs And COVID-19

The pandemic appears to have brought out the worst in some employers, as illegal layoffs start to grow in Ontario. Some employees remain at a higher risk for this type of bad faith treatment.

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CERB to EI and other programs

Transition from CERB to EI

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), implemented by the government at the beginning of the pandemic to provide Canadians with temporary income replacement, ended on October 3, 2020. Recipients can now transition to EI and other programs.

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Layoffs & Terminations | COVID-19

Not Welcome Back! COVID-19 Layoffs and Terminations.

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.

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COVID-19 Return to work

COVID-19 Return To Work | Top 10 Employee FAQS

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.

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National Short-Term Disability Plan | Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

The Case For a National Short-Term Disability Insurance Plan

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.

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Ontario's employment laws - Employers Beware!

Employers Beware! New Ontario Employment Laws Will Not Stop Lawsuits

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.

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Severance Pay & CERB

Will Your Severance Pay impact CERB?

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.

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