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T’is the Season to be Fired 2021! | The Grinch menacingly looking out from behind a sigh that says yeah, happy holidsays & all

T’is the Season to be Fired 2022!

At this time of the year everyone is imbibed with that holiday spirit, everyone, that is, except large corporate employers. Like the Grinch that stole Christmas, since my recent memory, employers have always chosen the 6 weeks before the end of December to send out a tidal wave of those pink slips, more than any […]

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Guide to Severance Pay Entitlement in Ontario | Leckers Law

Your Quick Guide to Severance Pay Entitlement in Ontario

The Ontario Employment Standards Act outlines rules Ontario employers and employees must follow, including providing minimum entitlements that employers must pay an employee in the event of termination without cause or constructive dismissal. Notice Pay vs. Severance Pay Notice pay (also referred to as termination pay or pay in lieu of notice) is the first […]

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Refusing to Return to the Office and Insubordination: What Should You Do? | Leckers Law

Refusing to Return to the Office and Insubordination: What Should You Do?

Employees working remotely are refusing to return to the office as pandemic constraints are relaxed. Employees have seen that working from home works for them, with increased/good efficiency, similar levels of communication, increased happiness and theoretically more loyalty to the employer. Some offices have allowed a perpetual work-from-home set-up or some hybrid arrangement. Others have […]

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COVID Layoffs Have Ended but my Employer has Still Not Returned Me to Work, Now What? | Leckers & Associates

COVID Layoffs Have Ended but my Employer has Still Not Returned Me to Work, Now What?

After more than two years, Ontario’s temporary layoff measure implemented when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, has finally ended. On March 19, 2020, the Ontario government created a new leave under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), called the Infections Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”). Under the ESA, layoffs have always been permissible for a period of […]

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Dependent Contractors Part 3 | Lecker & Associates - Employment Law

Dependent Contractors

Dependent contractors are a common, but rarely acknowledged worker of the business world. Whether working as a door-to-door salesman or via a numbered company, these workers always have two things in common: most of their income is derived from one contract and the nature of their business arrangements is precarious. For many small and medium-size […]

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COVID Layoffs & Returning to Work | Lecker and Associates

COVID Layoffs & Returning to Work

IDEL – Extended Layoffs & Wrongful Dismissal | Author: Jared Lecker, Employment Lawyer Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Employees looking to start the new year with recall notices to their jobs may have to wait a bit longer. Ontario’s Covid temporary layoff law, the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) provisions were set to expire but […]

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Mandatory Vaccination Policy - Refusing to Vaccinate | Lecker & Associates Law

Mandatory Vaccination Policy – Refusing to Vaccinate

The Omicron variant has forced companies to implement mandatory vaccine policies in response to COVID-19 outbreaks rising across Canada. If you choose not to be vaccinated, there are concerns over legal rights and a loss of a job. This article attempts to answer what to look for in your company’s mandatory vaccination policy and procedures. […]

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Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) | Lecker & Associates

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown. The CWLB is only available when a COVID-19 lockdown order is designated for your region. If you are eligible for the CWLB, you can receive $300 ($270 after taxes withheld) for each […]

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“Temporary” Infectious Disease Layoffs During COVID-19 | Leckers Law

“Temporary” Infectious Disease Layoffs During COVID-19

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, employees across the country are wondering if their jobs could, once again, be at risk. Given how uncertain the situation is right now, employers may opt to “Infectious Disease Emergency Lay-off” (“IDEL”) employees and recall them once restrictions loosen in the future. Prior to the pandemic, a temporary layoff […]

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Work Life Balance | Lecker & Associates - Toronto Employment Lawyers

Work Life Balance

As the years go by, the reality and expectation to accommodate work over personal life has become more normal. In the case of Hilton v. Norampac Inc (2003), represented by the Principal of Lecker & Associates Bram Lecker, the court reviewed facts regarding child care commitments that interfered with employment. Michael Hilton, the plaintiff, worked […]

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