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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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Employee health benefits in Ontario explained

Health benefits were once an almost assured part of working full time in Canada. In recent years, however, fewer and fewer employers offer health benefits to their employees. Many cite the need to reduce staffing costs and keep operational costs low. Especially with the rise of part-time employment, contractual positions, consulting roles and the ‘gig economy’, employees too have stopped expecting health benefits as a given. For so many millennials and fresh graduates, health benefits are merely a ‘perk’ of […]

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Ontario’s confusing vacation days and leave explained (hint: it’s mostly unpaid)

Ontario has quite a confusing system of holidays for employees. Some are paid, but most are unpaid. This article will demystify leaves of absence, vacation days and paid time off for you are entitled to as an employee*. There are four main types of leave an employee can take in Ontario: Vacation days – Paid vacation time that every employee in Ontario is entitled to. Leave of absence – Entitlement to unpaid sick leave, family responsibility leave and bereavement leave. […]

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Passed over for a promotion? These reasons are illegal

Been passed over for promotion? Seeing your colleagues get promoted while you’ve been left behind will be demoralizing for anyone. Employers may come up with reasons such as ‘insufficient interpersonal skills’, ‘lacking vision’, ‘insufficient performance’, or ‘creating a poisonous work environment’ to justify overlooking you for promotion. From the point of view of the employee, there can be no greater injustice. However, an employer may have valid reasons for skipping someone for promotion. In this article we are looking at […]

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