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Employment Standards FYI – Minimum Wage     

The minimum wage that every Ontario employer must pay their employees has gone up from $11.25 to $11.40 per hour, effective October 1, 2016.  The Ontario Employment Standards Act sets out further details for specific categories of employees, such as students, liquor servers, hunting and fishing guides, and homeworkers. For those workplaces that employ students, … Continue Reading

WPC 2016 and the Global Tech Community

Yesterday was Day 1 of the annual Microsoft World Partners Conference here in Toronto.  As the news continues to highlight the distressing conflicts south of the border and around the world, a conference like WPC is a welcomed reminder that we all have far more in common than not. There are 16,000 attendees that have descended on Toronto in the last … Continue Reading

Microsoft Acquiring LinkedIn: What is the Employee Impact in a Share Transaction?

Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn recently announced that Microsoft will soon acquire LinkedIn in a transaction valued at $26.2 billion – click here for the company’s announcement. Under the deal, Microsoft will purchase LinkedIn’s shares at $196 each. If a share sale like this happened in Ontario, the identity of LinkedIn would not change – Microsoft … Continue Reading

Koldorf Stam at WPC 2016 in July

This summer, our firm will be hosting a booth at the 2016 Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC).  We’re excited to connect with many of the 15,000 MS partners from around the globe who will be coming to Toronto July 10-14.  Come and visit us at Booth 1737, near the coffee shop. Canada has a deep and highly skilled tech talent … Continue Reading

Holiday Party Tips for the Young Boss

We all have an office party horror story.  The partner who got too sloppy and friendly with the summer student, the awkward aversion of eye contact the next day, or the overly honest comments from the disgruntled employee. While holiday parties can be an important employee morale booster, for the employer they can present a minefield of potential liability … Continue Reading

Coworking Part 4: Managing Employees

In my recent blog posts, I discussed the emerging importance of coworking spaces in the post-industrial workforce and some of the risks around data security and privacy, as well as interpersonal employment law risks.  In this next part of the series, I set out strategies to consider when managing employees in the coworking space. Nobody … Continue Reading

Coworking Part 2: Data & Privacy Risks

In my last blog post, I discussed the emerging importance of coworking spaces in the post-industrial workforce.  In this part two of the series, at the risk of bursting this utopian post-industrial bubble, I set out some of the more pressing employment law issues with coworking spaces:  confidential information, data security, privacy and ownership of … Continue Reading
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