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Understanding When a Break Starts and Stops: What Employees Should Know

Understanding When a Break Starts and Stops: What Employees Should Know

Having a break during your workday is important and it is crucial that employees understand what breaks or eating periods they are entitled to in order to protect their rights within the workplace. Though different workplaces may handle break and eating periods differently, employers are required to...

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Understanding How Employment Law Protects You as an Employee in Ontario

Understanding How Employment Law Protects You as an Employee in Ontario

Have you ever wondered about how employment laws help to protect workers? Employees may know about basic employee rights, such as how many breaks in a day they are entitled to or when they are entitled to overtime pay. Though they may not be aware of the many ways in which employment laws protect th...

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Can a Job Offer Be Rescinded Due to a Pending Criminal Charge?

Can a Job Offer Be Rescinded Due to a Pending Criminal Charge?

If you have been given a job offer and accepted it, you’d likely assume that it’s a done deal and nothing should prevent you from starting your new job. However, things may not always be so simple. There are a variety of reasons why an employer may wish to rescind a job offer. Pending criminal charg...

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Can I Be Laid Off While on Short Term Disability

Can I Be Laid Off While on Short Term Disability?

Short term disability refers to insurance that helps to replace income while someone is off from work due to an illness or injury. As an employee, you may have short term disability insurance as part of your employment benefits. In Canada, some employees are also eligible for employment insurance be...

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Can an Employer Reduce My Hours While Recovering from an Injury

Can an Employer Reduce My Hours While Recovering from an Injury?

In a recent Globe and Mail article, Rahul Soni, barrister and solicitor of Soni Law Firm, was asked to answer a question provided by a reader. In this article, the reader had stated that they h...

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Can You Be Fired for Not Getting a Vaccine

Can You Be Fired for Not Getting a Vaccine?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and employees have been faced with many unprecedented challenges. One of the most controversial and debated issues in the workplace has been vaccine mandates. Though for some, the idea of vaccine mandates related to the work environment can feel inflammato...

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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 o...

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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 ar...

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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 ...

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What Can I Do If My Employer Rehires for My Position After a Layoff

Have you ever been laid off from your place of employment? If so, you’ll likely understand the feeling of uncertainty in what comes next and wondered what you can do about it. Layoffs are relatively common, and it is important to understand your rights and entitlements as an employee in the event of...

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