Preparing for the End of the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave

What is the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL)? In response to COVID-19, the Ontario government introduced the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).  Under IDEL, a non-unionized employee is deemed to be on IDEL if their employer has temporarily reduced, or eliminated their hours due to COVID-19. These […]

Employment Standards Act Entitlements Even After Summary Dismissal

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In the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Render v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator (Canada) Limited, 2022 ONCA 310, the Court confirmed that there are effectively two levels of just cause misconduct, a less stringent threshold under common law and a more onerous definition required under the Ontario Employment Standards Act (“ESA”), 2000. Many employers are […]

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Notice Award of 26 Months

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Absent exceptional circumstances, common law reasonable notice for terminated employees is generally capped at 24 months, with a handful of cases awarding employees greater amounts. In the recent decision Currie v. Nylene Canada Inc., 2022 ONCA 209, the Ontario Court of Appeal shed further light on the kinds of exceptional circumstances which merit an award […]