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April 23, 2020

Do I have to give my employer notice that I’m quitting?

The short answer is, yes, employees must give their employer “reasonable” notice before quitting. Quantifying how much notice is “reasonable” depends on the circumstances. The basic idea is that employers ought to be given enough notice to find a replacement or make alternative arrangements. There is no clear-cut formula (e.g. I worked X number of […]

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March 25, 2020

Employee Lay-offs During the COVID Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented set of challenges for employers and employees. In Ontario, many companies have faced sudden and precipitous declines in business. As of March 25th, non-essential businesses have been ordered to close, and many of those that remain open have been forced to rapidly implement work from home arrangements for […]

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August 16, 2018

Employer Obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) seeks to make Ontario accessible for persons with disabilities by 2025. The Act focuses on various private and public spaces, including in employment, customer service and transportation. While it’s been more than 10 years since the law first came into force, many workplaces still aren’t compliant. […]

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January 17, 2017

Providing employment coaching can help reduce wrongful dismissal payouts

People who have lost their jobs can sometimes benefit from talking to a professional about how to get back into the job market. Such advice has many flavours, such as traditional outplacement services, career counseling or a job coach. Employers are not legally obligated to provide such help to staff whose employment has recently been […]

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December 14, 2016

City calls for sexual harassment training for bar staff

The City of Toronto quietly adopted a Motion on November 8, 2016 calling for better training for bartenders and waiters to help them recognize and intervene in cases of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Motion was introduced by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and adopted 35-4. Such training would be delivered through Smart Serve, which is […]

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October 25, 2016

Human rights complaints against Cleveland baseball team name and logo get creative

As we reported on October 18, 2016, two human rights applications were filed by Douglas Cardinal against Rogers and Major League Baseball (“MLB”). The applications assert discrimination based on the Cleveland team name, the Cleveland Indians, and the team logo, the graphic image commonly known as the Chief Wahoo (the team also sometimes uses a […]

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