Labour & Employment law


  • Court of Appeal rejects recognizing tort of harassment

    Court of Appeal rejects recognizing tort of harassment

    Mar 25, 2019

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has emphatically rejected “harassment” as a freestanding tort, at least in employment cases — but it didn’t close the door on the tort forever.

  • Embarrassing wage gap persists

    Mar 18, 2019

    In 2017, women in Canada earned an average of $0.87 for every dollar earned by men, Statistics Canada has reported.

  • Uber’s unintended gift to Ontario employees

    Mar 4, 2019

    The end to abusive non­disparagement clauses in employment law releases is on the horizon thanks in part to Uber’s attempt to enforce the over-reaching arbitration provision in its agreement with its drivers.

  • Additional changes for employment laws proposed

    Additional changes for employment laws proposed

    Jan 28, 2019

    Ontario’s employment and labour laws could undergo more changes in 2019. On Dec. 6, the government introduced Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.

  • Employee misclassification remains key concern

    Employee misclassification remains key concern

    Jan 28, 2019

    Ontario courts could once again be asked to rule on whether workers are “employees” or “independent contractors,” a proposed lawsuit says.

  • Company followed standards in mass termination

    Company followed standards in mass termination

    Jan 28, 2019

    A recent Court of Appeal decision gives rare guidance about how to apply the Employment Standard Act’s rules about mass termination, employment lawyers say.

  • Family status accommodation at centre of case

    Family status accommodation at centre of case

    Jan 28, 2019

    A recent Ontario Superior Court decision shows the courts are still grappling with how best to determine what classifies as workplace discrimination on the basis of family status, say lawyers who represent employers and employees.

  • 48-hour notice for sick day called unreasonable

    48-hour notice for sick day called unreasonable

    Jan 21, 2019

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario said it was unreasonable for a woman to be fired after failing to give 48-hours-notice before calling off sick.

  • Court of Appeal invalidates Uber’s arbitration clause

    Court of Appeal invalidates Uber’s arbitration clause

    Jan 7, 2019

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that an arbitration clause used by Uber in a delivery driver’s contract is unenforceable.

  • Welcome 2019

    Jan 7, 2019

    If 2018 was an eventful year in legal developments, then 2019 is shaping up to move even more quickly. This edition of Law Times covers a wide range of stories that indicate some of the trends that may dominate in the year ahead.

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