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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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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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Right To Refuse Unsafe Work

COVID-19: Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

COVID-19 exposes employees to hazardous conditions not encountered before. This blog will help employees understand health and safety provisions that offer you the right to refuse unsafe work.

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Can Managers Refuse Overtime? | Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash

Can Managers Refuse To Work Overtime Hours?

Refusing to work overtime hours can be a risky proposition if you have managerial responsibilities. However, there are limits to what your employer can expect of you, too. Here’s what the law says about overtime pay.

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Bill 148 | Photo depicting miners of a bygone era with the caption "We;ve come a long way, baby", below.

Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.

Ontario’s economy is changing. Workplaces are less secure, with part-time and contract jobs on the rise. The government passed sweeping changes to our employment laws to address this trend and provide workers with more rights. Bill 148 legislation becomes effective on January 1, 2018. What changes for you as a worker in this new Ontario economy?

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Legal Gap between Full time and Part Time workers

The Legal Gap Between Temporary & Full-Time Workers

Bram Lecker discussed the legal gap between part-time and full-time workers with Advocate Daily. “I think the aim of the legislation was to remedy some of the loopholes that employers have used to avoid recognizing the full rights of temporary workers.”

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Work Life Balance | Woman working at her kitchen table

Work Life Balance

Work life balance is the need to equalize the amount of time you spend at work and in your personal life. Legally, your employer has limits on how far they can encroach on your personal time and family commitments.

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Unpaid Internship

Unpaid summer internships

Employers who plan to use unpaid summer interns should tread carefully. Generally, anyone who is not self-employed and carries out work for another person, company or organization is considered an employee and entitled to the provisions of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA), such as the minimum wage and severance pay.

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