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Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Quid Pro Quo Harassment – What You Need to Know

Workplace sexual harassment can take place in many different forms and is something that both employers and employees need to be aware of. Though it can’t be defined as just one behaviour, sexual harassment always includes discrimination based on sex and is exceptionally harmful to those who experience it. Employers have a duty to take steps to prevent sexual harassment and must address complaints of sexual harassment, ensuring a safe environment for all employees. In our previous article, What is […]

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can you be fired for no reason in ontario

Can You Get Fired for No Reasons in Ontario?

Being terminated from your places of employment can be a very difficult life event to navigate. Beyond the emotions that may arise from such an event, you are also tasked with the stress of finding new employment. At Soni Law Firm, we have worked with clients who have felt blindsided by being let go from their place of employment without a cause. Most often, our client’s wonder, can an employer fire you without cause and can you get fired for […]

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What is Age Discrimination in the Workplace?

In Ontario, every individual has the right to not be discriminated against when it comes to specific prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Human Rights Code. Discrimination based on age is one of the prohibited grounds that are the Human Rights Code protects against. In the workplace, age discrimination can occur in many different forms. Though it is against human rights, age discrimination is something that some employers overlook. If you feel you are being discriminated against at work based […]

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What Is Considered Sexual Harassment in The Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace is something that all employers and employees should be aware of to keep working environments safe and equitable for all. Though you have likely heard of and understand that sexual harassment is a problem, you may have questions about what constitutes sexual harassment and how sexual harassment can be prevented in the workplace. At Soni Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you understand and protect your rights as an employee. In this post, we […]

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Can You Sue an Employer After Signing a Severance Agreement?

If you have recently been let go from your place of employment, there is a chance that you would have been asked to sign a severance agreement. In many cases, a severance agreement will provide you with compensation for being terminated but you should keep in mind that there could be drawbacks to signing such as waiving your right to sue your employer. At Soni Law Firm, we are committed to helping you understand and protect your rights as an […]

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When are Employees Considered Fiduciaries?

What is a fiduciary? A fiduciary is a person who is required to act for the benefit of another person, the beneficiary, on all matters within the scope of their relationship. Fiduciary employees owe duties that go beyond the duty of fidelity owed by regular employees. Fiduciary employees owe their employers heightened duties, including a duty of loyalty, a duty of good faith, and a duty of honesty. They are expected to prioritize their employer’s best interests above their own. […]

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Piercing the Corporate Veil: How can I hold my employer accountable if they are a corporation?

If your employer has wronged or harmed you, you may wonder whether you can hold them accountable in a personal capacity to prevent them from hiding behind their corporation to avoid accountability. Generally, this is difficult to achieve due to the protection that incorporation provides those who are responsible for corporate decision-making, including shareholders, officials, and executives. Since corporations are viewed as separate legal “persons”, incorporation greatly limits the extent to which any individual directing the corporation can be held […]

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Is a Verbal Resignation Binding?

If you have recently found yourself proclaiming “I quit” in the heat of the moment, only to cool off and consider that this might not be the right choice for you, you may be wondering, is a verbal resignation binding? If you are having second thoughts about resignation and you resigned verbally, it may or may not be valid. In many cases, employers require that resignation take place in written form rather than verbal. Though if it is not stated […]

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How Can I Ensure That Independent Contractors are Not Employees

When you own a business, navigating the differences between employees and independent contractors can sometimes feel confusing. Many business owners like the idea of working with independent contractors rather than hiring employees as it allows them to use contractors as needed rather than having regular employees. It often also means that employers will not be required to offer independent contractors the same number of benefits as they would an employee. In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, Rahul […]

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IDEL – Constructive Dismissal or Not? Ontario Courts Remain Undecided

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Ontario courts have grappled with the challenging question of whether infectious disease emergency leave (IDEL) constitutes constructive dismissal. The Ontario government amended the ESA on May 29, 2020 by introducing O. Reg 228/20, often referred to as the IDEL regulation. In addition to providing protection to employees who require leave for pandemic-related reasons, this regulation also provides employers impacted by the pandemic with temporary relief from the regular ESA rules regarding temporary layoffs and constructive […]

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