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Many employees welcomed a furry (or scaly) friend into their lives over the pandemic for companionship and because working at home allowed them the flexibility to do so. Now that employees are returning to the office, finding care for these pets may prove challenging. Some employers are considering implementing pet-friendly office spaces to alleviate this issue, boost employee morale, and to make returning to the office less daunting. I, myself, am a fur-parent to two…
You can’t always get what you want – Mick Jagger/Keith Richards. We may be ‘done’ with COVID-19, but COVID-19 is not done with us. The sixth (!) wave of the pandemic continues to infect and hospitalize. In addition, the long-term ramifications of the 2020 shutdown on the economy continue to manifest themselves as the related matters work their way through the courts. And we will have to continue to wait for a clear answer to…
  Hi everyone my name is Nadia Zaman and I’m an associate at Rudner Law. In this vlog I will be discussing the latest arbitration decision on just cause for dismissal for refusal to vaccinate. The case I will be discussing today is Fraser Health Authority and British Columbia General Employees Union. The citation is 2022 canlii 25560. What happened in this case? The grievor had been employed by Fraser Health Authority for seven years…
Geoffrey Lowe here with another Rudner Law video employment law update. Last week, the Ontario Legislature tabled Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022, which has now passed its first reading and been sent to committee for review. If enacted, the proposed Bill 88 will change several acts, including the employment standards act and the occupational health and safety act. Bill 88 would also establish the Digital Platform Workers Rights Act 2022 which creates…
Employment-Related Legislation In April 2021, the Government of Ontario introduced the Worker Income Protection Benefit (the “WIPB”), providing up to three days of paid leave to address COVID-19 related matters. An eligible employer may apply for reimbursement for this paid leave from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. The WIPB is set to end July 31, 2022.  Ontario was not the sole jurisdiction that responded to the past two years with paid sick leave. In…
In the world of employment law, 2021 was a year of contrasts. Where some areas saw seismic shifts in the way the law was to be applied, others saw only incremental changes at most. Still others saw no change whatsoever – despite a pressing and substantial need for answers.  The seemingly endless COVID-19 Pandemic continues to occupy discussion, headlines, court dockets, arbitration schedules, and of course, blog posts. Things continue to move forward, irrespective of…
You have been dismissed from your employment with your former employer, whose headquarters are in a different province. Your tenure was in Ontario out of a branch office, and your employment contract says that the laws of Ontario govern any disputes arising from your employment. You should sue in Ontario, right? Maybe not! Where litigation should proceed is based on whether a court has jurisdiction simpliciter over the matter. Jurisdiction simpliciter is the place that…
Have your employees been working from home for so long that they have accrued a right to continue doing so? As is often the case in the world of Employment Law, it depends. But as time goes on, the risk grows. Back in March and April of 2020, which seems like ages ago, most businesses scrambled to find ways to continue operating with their workers at home. This shift to remote work was entirely unexpected,…
Last November workplaces across Canada were simply struggling to wade through a series of crises. Mandatory closures and financial struggles made simply opening each day a struggle for many, while others in essential services battled to simply meet an unprecedented surge in demand. Stress levels ran high, and tempers flared easily, so when Remembrance Day 2020 approached, 8 months into the pandemic, Canadians were ready to pick a fight. The issue first arose with news…
In May of 2020, the team at Rudner Law prepared a thorough, comprehensive return-to-work guidebook. At the time, few expected COVID-19 lockdowns to last more than a few weeks. We were hopeful, like most Canadians, that the problem had been caught quickly and that an aggressive lockdown strategy would allow us to resume our normal activities in the Spring or Summer. Needless to say we were just slightly naive, and 18 months later very few…