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.

What’s Employment Law Look Like Post-Pandemic?

April 7, 2020|

The law continues to develop in the context of COVID-19 and, I would expect, it will continue to do so including in the area of employment law.  Courts in Ontario have suspended their regular operations in Civil and Family matters (Notice to the Profession, the Public and the Media Regarding Civil and Family Proceedings) effective March 17, 2020.  The Court continues to hear urgent matters during this emergency period.  Starting on April 6, [...]

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April 6, 2020|

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 2, 2020|

Prime Minister Trudeau announced today (March 30, 2020) his governments intention to introduce a Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”).  You can watch the announcement here. April 1, 2020 Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Small Business Minister Mary Ng and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains held a news conference to provide further details of the CEWS, including the estimated cost, of the federal government’s wage subsidy.  Here are some helpful resources: Finance Minister Unveils Estimated Cost of [...]

PM Trudeau Announces Details of the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy

March 30, 2020|

Prime Minister Trudeau announced today (March 30, 2020) details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.  You can watch the announcement here. Companies irrespective of their size will have access to the Federal wage subsidy.  This includes private businesses, charities and not-for-profits.  These organizations will have to show that their revenues have fallen by at least 30 per cent due to COVID-19.  The subsidy will provide a 75-per-cent subsidy on wages to eligible employers [...]

Sexual Harassment and Investigations

March 29, 2020|

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal in The Employee v. The University and another (No. 2), 2020 BCHRT 12 (CanLII) recently considered a claim of discrimination in a case that the Tribunal described as capturing "the heart of the #MeToo movement for the complainant".   The complainant was a probationary employee.  The main incident relied on by the complainant took place during a business trip after a successful day of work.  After dinner, while [...]

The Right to Refuse in a COVID-19 World

March 26, 2020|

In view of the fact that the Ontario government has declared a state of emergency under the under section 7.0.1(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and passed O. Reg. 82/30 declaring certain businesses essential, I thought it might be a good time to review the right to refuse provisions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”).  At the cornerstone of the OHSA is the internal responsibility system which is based [...]

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