As a huge swath of the Canadian workforce began working entirely remotely in 2020, employers increasingly considered employee requests to relocate. Some employees were looking to return to their home province or country to be with loved ones. Others were looking for a change of scenery and saw an opportunity to do so. Whatever the reason, offering employees the opportunity to take advantage of work-from-home arrangements by working from their chosen location can be a welcome perk. Some employers have even included guidelines for relocation as part of remote work policies. 

There are a few key things an employer should consider when approving employee relocation requests. 

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termination clawback clause

In recent months, we have seen a spike in group terminations. For HR professionals this often means a packed schedule of the worst-of-the-worst meetings. In our recent blog post, we discussed terminations with softer landings (and less chance of disputes and litigation), and bigger-picture best practices for those difficult exits. In this blog, we zero in on an aspect of severance package drafting. 

In the process of structuring severance packages for (too many) employees, we’ve noted that some employers have forgotten about a handy clause that can lead to a win-win post-termination scenario for both employers and employees. However, the clause gets a bad rap because it is colloquially known as a “clawback clause” and can be misinterpreted as a sinister employer strategy. 

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AI Policy for Businesses

In the digital era, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly intertwined with our daily lives, especially in the ways we do our work. From voice assistants to chatbots to art generators, AI has found its way into various industries, transforming the way work gets done. As AI continues to advance, it raises important questions about its ethical implications and potential impact – good and bad – on the workplace.  The bad should not be ignored.  How much damage might be done to your organization if AI was not used responsibly by an employee?

I’m sure many in the legal industry are familiar with the recent news stories about the New York lawyer who relied on ChatGPT to assist with his research and drafting.  The chatbot provided the lawyer with case law precedents that simply did not exist.  The AI system entirely fabricated the cases.  The lawyer did not verify this information and attempted to rely on these cases in court to a disastrous and embarrassing result.

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A blog post discussing the differences between US and Canadian employment laws and workplace culture, including topics such as Canadian employment law 101, the importance of contracts, and the impact of public healthcare on employer negotiations.

Are you a US employer with operations in Canada? Welcome and bienvenue to this blog series written just for you. Our Canadian virtual employment law firm advises many US employers who have employees and contractors in Canada. I love this conversation. We’re neighbours who share so many similar cultural values, pop culture references and the world’s longest unsecured border.  And yet there are fundamental differences in our countries’ respective workplace laws and workplace culture. It often catches our US employers by surprise and triggers very expensive moments in the employment relationship.

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Discover your obligations as an Ontario employer under the Pay Equity Act, including understanding equal pay for equal work, applicable exemptions, and the consequences of non-compliance.

We’ve all heard about pay equity but what does that actually mean in a workplace? And as an Ontario employer, what are your obligations around reaching and maintaining pay equity? One this is for sure, outside of a huge financial risk, you also do not want to be known as an employer who is not paying their employees equally. Here’s everything you need to know about your obligations under the Pay Equity Act

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SpringLaw's new Marketing Manager Mandeep Suri

We are so excited to introduce the newest member of the SpringLaw family, Mandeep Suri. Mandeep is our new Marketing Manager, overseeing the firm’s marketing and communications. As SpringLaw continues to grow and evolve, Mandeep will be critical to promoting our innovative integrated legal solutions.

Mandeep is a creative thinker and has spent her professional career developing and executing global marketing campaigns using a variety of media that bring a company’s story, values, vision, and mandate to life.  She thrives in fast-paced, client-focused environments, where she fosters positive cross-functional relationships, collaboration and effective communication to deliver results.

She already lives the SpringLaw firm values of being innovative and collaborative, having no ego but lots of great EQ and being a creative problem-solver

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, reading self-help books, gardening and listening to inspiring podcasts.

Welcome Mandeep!  We are thrilled to have you as part of our team and are excited for you to use your skills and expertise to share the SpringLaw story and purpose!

Witnessed Release is Your Best Defense Against Future Legal Woes

So you’ve finally settled a dispute with a former employee who had alleged a wrongful dismissal or discrimination. You’ve drawn up the papers to confirm the fact that the matter is settled. Now, all you need are signatures on the dotted lines. Whose signatures exactly?


When settling a dispute with a former employee, the parties involved should sign the release –  you know, those documents filled with legalese stating that that the employee/releasor releases the employer/releasee from all claims arising out of the employment relationship, termination thereof, et al. – to make the settlement legally binding. These signatories typically include the former employee and sometimes a representative from the employer, such as a human resources manager or CEO.

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Practical Tips and Tricks for Managing a Unionized Workforce

While strikes involving high-profile unions like the recently resolved Federal Worker strike are often hot topics in the news, we rarely hear much about the day-to-day relationships between the employer and the union or how those relationships are effectively managed. In this blog, we take a step back from the high-intensity environment of a strike and provide some practical tips and tricks on effectively managing the unionized workforce and the ongoing relationship with a union.

Unionized Workplaces

The number one question I get asked by family, friends and even complete strangers when I tell them I practice labour and employment law is: “What is the difference between labour and employment law?”. Given the passion with which this question is often delivered, this seems to be a burning question on most people’s minds. Ultimately, while labour and employment lawyers all focus on workplace issues and disputes, labour lawyers handle conflicts that arise in workplaces which have a union or unions representing their workers that are bound by the terms of a collective agreement.

Labour law is often focused on helping the parties manage their relationship and find practical solutions to what are often complex problems.

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An Important Legal Update on Naloxone Kits in the Workplace

Last year, Bill 88 or the Working for Workers Act, 2022 introduced a mandate under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) that all Ontario’s provincially regulated employers needed to provide naloxone kits on site if there was a risk of a worker having an opioid overdose. At the time, employers were not given a specific timeline as to when they needed to comply with this legislation. Now, in an ongoing attempt to tackle the opioid crisis, firmer timelines have been implemented. 

By June 1, 2023, employers need to determine whether or not they must provide naloxone kits in the workplace, and if so, they must meet certain minimum requirements.  

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No At-Will Employment in Canada

Are you an employer with operations in both Canada & the US? This post is for you.

Contracts vs At-Will Employment

For our US readers, Canada does not have at-will employment. In Canada, employment relationships are governed by employment contracts, either written or implied, and various employment laws and regulations. Employers are generally required to provide reasonable notice or pay in lieu of notice when terminating an employee without cause.

For our Canadian readers, at-will employment is a term used in the United States to describe the employment relationship between an employer and an employee, where either party can terminate the employment at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. This means that an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all, as long as it is not for an illegal reason (such as discrimination). Similarly, an employee can quit their job at any time without providing a reason or notice.

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