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Keeping Employment Agreements Up to Date

Keeping Employment Agreements Up to Date

Employment agreements can determine a lot about the relationship between an employer and an employee. Different clauses can enforce terms, determine salaries, control the situations around termination, and so much more. However, what many people may not realize is that employment agreements are not set in stone.   Employment agreements should be regularly reviewed and kept up to date. Laws about employment are always changing, and especially considering how much the world has changed since the beginning of the pandemic, it...

What qualifies as constructive dismissal

What qualifies as constructive dismissal?

Most job contracts, if they have no definite end date, can be terminate at any point by the employer, provide that one of two things is given to the employee: reasonable notice, or payment in lieu of reasonable notice.    An employee can also choose to resign at any time. However, by choosing to resign, employees forfeit their ability to get severance, so long as they have resigned freely and voluntarily.  So, The issue of constructive dismissal occasionally arises when an...

Why You Should Submit Human Resources Complaints in Writing

Why You Should Submit Human Resources Complaints in Writing

Submitting a complaint to Human Resources (HR) typically comes after someone has experienced a situation in the workplace that has made them feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or unhappy in their environment.    It can take a lot of courage and drive to be able to go to HR, and sometimes, the process will be so overwhelming that people may not consider the bigger picture. Many people assume that speaking to a supervisor or a member of HR in person is enough to...

Can an Employer Prevent an Employee from Discussing Wages

Can an Employer Prevent an Employee from Discussing Wages?

At some point in their employment, many employees have felt that they should not be discussing what they earn from their jobs. Many people may feel that it’s an unspoken rule or a courtesy to their employers not to speak about topics that feel ‘taboo’.   What many employees may not know is that employers cannot prevent employees from discussing their wages and earnings. There are several laws in Ontario that protect the abilities of employees regarding their discussions on their...

Dismissal Without Cause in Ontario

There are two types of dismissals (otherwise known as terminations, lay-offs, firings, etc) that can happen in a workplace: dismissals with cause, and dismissals without cause.    Most dismissals from the workplace are dismissals without cause. Employment contracts can terminate at any point by either party, and neither needs to give a reason as to why the contract has been terminate, so long as they give either proper notice or payment in lieu of notice (aka severance pay).    If you are an...

Damages you can settle for in a breach of contract

Damages You Can Settle For in a Breach of Contract

When you’re facing a situation where someone has breached a contract, the first thing we must do is first to look at what is promised in the contract, and how it is affected by the breach. Naturally, people often gravitate towards monetary damages or at least that is what they mostly think about. Sometimes damages pertain to a specific performance, essentially forcing the failing party to in fact complete the job. Since this type of damage is used and...

How to Identify a Toxic Work Environment

How to Identify a Toxic Work Environment

When most people picture their dream job, it will often include their Toxic work environment. This could involve a supportive boss, amicable teammates, and a comfortable office space. So,It will rarely involve a culture of competition, micromanagement, or discrimination.    Toxic work environments can lead to low morale, poor mental and physical health for employees, and a lack of comradery for everyone in the office. So, On occasion, toxic work environments can become so bad that employees are forced to face...

Employment lawyer on remote work or being forced back to the office

Employment lawyer on remote work or being forced back to the office

In September of 2021, the Ontario Government reported that 29% of people aged 15 to 69 in Ontario worked at least half of their typical work hours from home. 29% is the highest number of any province in Canada. What exactly does this tell us about the future of remote work from home that was ushered in by COVID-19?    It means that remote work may be here to stay. For many employees who enjoy the benefits and balance that remote...

What's The Future For The Workplace In A Hybrid World?

What’s The Future For The Workplace In A Hybrid World?

As we near the half-way mark of 2022, many businesses and organizations have begun reducing or removing their pandemic related restrictions. Superficially, it appears some sort of normalcy is returning to our everyday lives.    However, the pandemic is not completely over, and many of the changes that it ushered in may prove to outlast the actual effects of the virus. One change that is here to stay in the hybrid and remote work styles.   In March of 2022, Global News found...

Independent Contractor v Dependent Contractor

Independent Contractor v Dependent Contractor

While many people are familiar with the distinction between employees and independent contractors. There is also a third category of workers, “dependent contractors”, which has been increasingly recognised in the last few decades.    Dependent contractors straddle the space between employees and independent contractors. It can partially be identified by how dependent they are on a particular client for their income.    As this new category emerges. It’s important for individuals performing contract work to know their rights. Also for companies to know...