Journal 2019-08-15T07:58:54-04:00


Otherwise known as
Michael’s soapbox

This Journal will share information and thoughts on a broad range of workplace issues and developments.

Extensive Proposed Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

July 21, 2020|

The Federal government has proposed significant changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) to expand the scope and reach of the program. The government has been under pressure to make changes by, in particular, loosening the 30% reduction in revenue threshold. The government has released a Backgrounder and a News release. As of July 13, 2020, 262,200 companies were approved for the CEWS, with 675,530 applications received and 667,400 approved. The government [...]

Statistical Study on Layoffs, Re-Employment Prospects and More

June 29, 2020|

There are few studies dealing with the post-employment job prospects of terminated employees. Counsel for the terminated employee will always say that their client’s job prospects are dire and that an extended period of unemployment is probable if not certain. Counsel to the employer will argue that the period of unemployment will be short and that, given the availability of other employment opportunities and the skill set of the employee, alternate employment should [...]

Consequences of Not Responding to an Application under the Human Rights Code

June 19, 2020|

The consequences of failing to respond to an Application under the Human Rights Code (the “Code”) or to correspondence from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) are severe. I’ve written about this a number of times and a recent case illustrates the point. The Application involved an allegation of discrimination with respect to good, services and facilities and with respect to employment contrary to the Code. An individual who was identified in [...]

COVID-19 – Labour and Employment Alert #3

June 4, 2020|

Hot of the press is COVID-19 Labour & Employment Alert #3 that deals with Reg. 228/20 – Infectious Disease Emergency Leave.

Government Publishes the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation

May 29, 2020|

The Government published Reg. 228/20 - Infectious Disease Emergency Leave and, in so doing, provided considerable relief to employers from the termination provisions in the Employment Standards Act, 2000 in certain circumstances. The Regulation is complicated, with lots of moving pieces. The Regulation does not apply to employees that are represented by a trade union. I will be taking a closer look at the Reg. 228/20 in the coming days, but, on a [...]

Ontario Extends the Emergency Orders

May 27, 2020|

The Ontario government announced today that it would be Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak. Most of the emergency orders will be extended until June 9, 2020.  The Electricity Price for RPP Consumers order is extended until May 31, 2020 and  Global Adjustment for Market Participants and Consumers order is extended until June 1, 2020. The announcement reaffirms public health guidance to “continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, [...]

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