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29 Apr

Constructive dismissal claim resulting from temporary layoff not barred by Ontario COVID-19 Regulation

Thursday, April 29, 2021James R.G. CookLitigation, Employment LawEmployment Agreements, COVID-19, Employer, Employee, Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL Regulation), Employment Standards Act, 2000, Constructive Dismissal

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In Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre Ltd., 2021 ONSC 3076, Justice D.A. Broad of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed an employer’s motion for summary judgment which sought the dismissal of an employee’s action for constructive dismissal arising...

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28 Mar

Court dismisses non-competition injunction against former key employee

Sunday, March 28, 2021James R.G. CookLitigation, Employment LawContract Law, Employer, Employee, Restrictive Covenant, Non-Compete

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When relationships end between a business and an individual who was a principal thereof, the business may be understandably concerned about competitive ventures it may face from its...

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11 Dec

Can your boss force you to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Friday, December 11, 2020Soma Ray-EllisLitigation, Employment LawEmployment Agreements, Ontario, COVID-19, Employer, Employee, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Human Rights Code

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If 2020 has felt like a horror movie, the COVID-19 vaccine is the highly anticipated final act. Now with the vaccine’s...

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21 Apr

A COVID-19 lay off may not be termination

Tuesday, April 21, 2020Soma Ray-EllisLitigation, Employment LawEmployment Agreements, Termination, Employment Standards Amendment Act, COVID-19, Employer, Employee, State of Emergency

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Canada lost a staggering million plus jobs in the month of March. The International Labour Organization has said based on current statistical information, 1.25 billion workers or 38% of the Global Workforce may face workplace displacement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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6 Apr

Top 10 Work Refusal Questions for Employers and Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020Soma Ray-EllisLitigationEmployment Agreements, Employment Standards Amendment Act, COVID-19, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Employer, Employee

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The global spread of COVID-19 has impacted employers and employees across the globe, and Canada is no exception. Soma Ray-Ellis, Chair – Employment and Labour Law Group has prepared the ten most relevant questions that employers and employees need to understand in this COVID-19 work reality we now find ourselves in.

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