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Employment / Severance Archives

J'ai été congédié de façon injustifiée. Que faire maintenant ?

Le travail est l'un des aspects les plus fondamentaux de la vie d'une personne, un moyen de subvenir à ses besoins financiers et, ce qui est tout aussi important, de jouer un rôle utile dans la société. L'emploi est une composante essentielle du sens de l'identité d'une personne, de sa valorisation t de son bien-être sur le plan émotionnel.

I have been laid-off, can I sue my employer for wrongful dismissal?

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, businesses have been forced to consider lay-offs as a way to save money as demand for goods and services decreases. Lay-offs are a complex area of the law which is further complicated by the misconception that employers have an automatic right to lay people off.

My employment was terminated without cause. Now what?

Work is one of the most fundamental aspects in a person's life,
providing the individual with a means of financial support and,
as importantly, a contributory role in society. A person's employment is
an essential component of his or her sense of identity, self-worth and
emotional well-being. Accordingly, the conditions in which a person
works are highly significant in shaping the whole compendium of
psychological, emotional and physical elements of a person's dignity
and self-respect.

[Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Brian Dickson]

Employee rights: Premier says sick days shouldn't be paid

Doug Ford says employers can't afford to pay employees for sick days. Critics say the Ontario Premier is treading on employee rights and workplace protections. Ford is aiming to blackball the former Liberal government's Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act which would hike the minimum wage to $15 come this Jan. 1 and would make employers pay employees for two emergency leave days each year. Ford called the act worse than carbon tax.

Employee rights: Charity ordered to pay employee vacation pay

The registered charity, Outward Bound, has been bound by a Ministry of Labour decision to pay a former employee $500 vacation pay. The Ontario charity violated the former instructor's employee rights when the company failed to keep records of his work hours and neglected to give him vacation pay owed. The 31-year-old also lodged a complaint with the ministry, alleging the charity does not even pay minimum wage, pay for overtime or scheduled breaks. 


On November 27, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, which received Royal Assent. Bill 148 makes significant amendments to Ontario's Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the "ESA"). Certain amendments are already in force, with other amendments coming January 1, 2018, and throughout 2018 and 2019. This blog will focus on the changes to the ESA.

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