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Is Insubordination Just Cause for Termination In Canada?

Has your employer recently dismissed you with cause claiming insubordination or insolence? If so, you may be wondering if this is a justifiable reason for you to have been dismissed. Within Canada, there are specific grounds that may justify your employer to dismiss you with cause. In some cases, insubordination can be considered just cause for termination. Every employee and employer relationship is unique and without a full understanding of your specific situation, it may be difficult to know if […]

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Is My Non-Compete Clause Enforceable In Canada?

When you first signed your employment contract, you may have been asked to sign a non-compete clause. Non-compete clauses are common, particularly in instances where an employee would be able to provide services similar to their employer outside of their workplace environment. But are non-compete clauses enforceable? Though you may have felt it was reasonable at the time to sign a non-compete clause, it is likely that you may have concerns regarding the clause when your employment status changes. In […]

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Can I Claim Constructive Dismissal In Canada If I Resign In Canada?

Has your employer made changes to your conditions of employment without your consent? Changes in duties, reduced status, reduction in salary or benefits and threats of dismissal can all be examples of constructive dismissal. When these changes are made, employees often feel as if they are being forced to resign, and in many cases they do. If you are experiencing what you believe is constructive dismissal it is likely that you will have to resign before you can make this […]

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Does Severance Pay Affect My Disability Benefits?

Are you currently receiving disability benefits from your employer and have also been given notice that your employment is being terminated? If so, you may be concerned about how severance pay will affect your current disability payments. Each employee and employer relationship is unique and no one-size-fits-all answer will apply to every situation. Generally, once your employment is terminated you will not receive disability payments from your employer, but you may be entitled to other benefits such as EI or […]

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Are Your an Employee, Independent Contractor, or Dependent Contractor? Foodora Case Summary

The workplace is no longer limited to the traditional computer and desk we were so used to. What the workplace looks like has evolved over the years, particularly as the “gig economy” becomes more relevant. Chances are you have heard of and used Uber, UberEats, Lyft, Foodora, SkipTheDishes, and the list goes on. These Apps allow their users to conveniently access transportation or delivery services by connecting users with approved workers that are closest to them in proximity to ensure […]

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T4 Slip: Deadlines, summary and what information employers need to include

Tax season is upon us! Hundreds of thousands of people around Ontario will be panicking about finding their ‘T4 form’. But what is the T4? Why is it so important? In this article we will explain your T4 and how important it is for filing tax. As an employee you should know what your T4 slip says. However, as an employer, it is essential that fill out the correct information for your employees.   What is the T4 slip? The […]

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Economically ‘dependent contractors’ in Ontario entitled to reasonable notice period

The growing gig economy in Canada was once limited to more temporary arrangements, such as ride-sharing and informal assignments with freelancers. However, the lure of flexible employment has attracted employers and workers from all fields. Today, it is not uncommon for chief executives too to be in a ‘consulting’ role. And you can hardly miss the growth of platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork. So prevalent has freelancing become in Canada that you can find virtually any talent, skill and […]

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Does a business have to reimburse all expenses? Travel allowance explained

Do you, an employer, have to pay for your employee’s late night soirée while he or she is away on work for you? If that was the case, hotel minibars would be a lot emptier after a night of stay than they are currently.   So, do you have to reimburse your employees with all travelling expenses? The short answer – no.   Most often a company’s policy about reimbursing out-of-pocket expenses incurred by an employee in the course of […]

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How much do you get paid during maternity leave?

Canada has one of the strongest maternity/parental leave and benefits systems in the world. Certainly, it’s a lot better than our American neighbours to the south. The Employment Standards Act 2000 guarantees eligible birth parents protected time off work after the birth or adoption of their child. That said, parents need to plan maternity and parental in Ontario leave wisely. How much the spouse on leave will earn, what benefits you are entitled to, whether your work health insurance will […]

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Is nepotism in the workplace illegal?

Favouritism and nepotism can sap the morale of a workforce. It gives the impression that not everybody plays by the same rules. However, the nature of human interaction and interpersonal relationships can make it difficult for employers to identify and address nepotism and favouritism. At what point does praising and rewarding a high performing employee become favouritism? When is hiring a family member into the organization ‘preferential’? Is there anything employers can do to reduce nepotism and favouritism in the […]

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