Ontario Labour Relations Board Provides Further Clarity on Severance Pay Obligations

Pursuant to Section 64 of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”), Ontario employers must provide an employee who has been terminated without cause, with “severance pay” where the employee has five or more years of service and the employer has a payroll of at least $2.5 million. However, in the recent decision in Doug […]

Domestic or sexual harassment leaves: A natural evolution

By: Miriam Anbar| Lawyer’s Daily As the #MeToo movement went viral at the end of 2017, workplaces across the country took note. Times were changing, and employers needed to embark on a new era of workplace policies and conduct — whether or not they were ready for it. The year 2018 introduced a number of […]

Top 10 Employment Law Cases and Developments of 2018

1.  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”) Came into Effect 2018 started off with a bang as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”) came into effect on January 1, 2018. Bill 148 resulted in the most significant amendments to Ontario’s employment legislation, the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”), that the province had seen […]

Ontario Hockey League: Pay to play

By: Jordan Rodney & Miriam Anbar for The Lawyer’s Daily For most Canadians, hockey is in our blood. Employment laws and regulations? Not so much. Having said that, employment applies to almost all of us, from the CEO down to the student packing groceries part-time at your local store. So why are some employees’ rights […]

The “Bill 148” Rollercoaster Comes to a Crashing Halt

Revised: November 26, 2018 That loud crash you heard? Don’t worry – that was just Ontario Premier Doug Ford derailing the province’s least favorite rollercoaster the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, colloquially known as “Bill 148”. Background For those of you just tuning in, Bill 148 was originally introduced by the Ontario government in May […]

An Employment Law Perspective on the 2018 Provincial Election

Tomorrow is Election Day in Ontario and given the great ideological disparity between the two frontrunners, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives and Andrea Horwath’s New Democratic Party, we here at Rodney Employment Law are eagerly awaiting the results, to gain a better understanding of the direction the new party will be taking the province. While all […]

What Employers Need to Know about Ontario’s New Pay Transparency Act

On April 26, 2018, the Ontario government announced that with the passing of Bill 3, Pay Transparency Act, 2018, the province is the first in Canada to introduce pay transparency legislation. Set to come into force on January 1, 2019, the Act imposes a number of significant requirements for employers in Ontario, relating to the […]

Life After Bill 148: What is “Equal Pay for Equal Work”?

By: Jordan Rodney for TLOMA Today | Chief among the sweeping legislative changes to the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) introduced by the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (“Bill 148”) was to the Act’s “Equal Pay for Equal Work” provision. The Ontario government has championed the significance of this amendment by indicating that, “Ontario will become the first jurisdiction […]

Pay Your Employees Before You Have to Pay Your Time

Recently, Brampton-based employer Peter David Sinisa Sesek was handed a jail sentence that is rarely seen, The Star reports. Sesek was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $20,000 fine for failing to comply with an order to pay employees, something that rarely happens in Canada.  Back in 2015, Sesek had received an order […]