Otherwise known as
Michael’s soapbox

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

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, [...]

Getting Employees Back to Work – What are Employers Doing?

May 25, 2020|

The Conference Board of Canada has released Working Through COVID-19 - Return to Work Survey. The survey results are from May 11, 2020 and may not reflect the current state of the re-opening world, particularly as the Ontario government announced on May 19, 2020 that additional workplaces could reopen as part of its Stage 1 Framework and issued Workplace Safety Guidelines to assist in the reopening process.  The survey is very helpful in [...]

Fairness in Investigations – Recent and Helpful Guidance

May 14, 2020|

An interesting case dealing with the degree of procedural fairness owed by a public body to someone affected by its decision was recently decided by the Court of Queens Bench of Saskatchewan in Oberg v Saskatchewan (Board of Education of the South East Cornerstone School Division No. 209), 2020 SKQB 96 (CanLII)). The case involved a school board removing the duties of a principal of a high school following an investigation which included [...]

O. Reg 200/20 Expands List of Essential Businesses

May 9, 2020|

Here is O. Reg 200/20 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act which amends Regulation 82/20 Closure of Non-Essential Businesses. The Regulation expands the list of essential businesses to include garden centres and plant nurseries, including greenhouses that engage in retail sales to the public, hardware stores, safety supply stores. In addition, a place of business that is not listed in Schedule 2 (essential business) may open for the purpose of engaging [...]

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