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Big Changes for COVID-19 Layoffs in Ontario: New O. Reg 228/20 Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Curtails Constructive Dismissal Claims

As many of our readers and clients know, we have been cautioning that the legality of certain layoffs and job changes necessitated by COVID-19 is uncertain. Generally, layoffs are only legal if the employment contract gives the employer the right to layoff, and many other job changes, such as reductions in hours or pay, raise … Continue Reading

A Guide for Employers During COVID-19 – May 22 update

A Guide for Employers during COVID-19 This Guide sets out the key employment law issues to consider, as well as the government’s financial relief options to explore to get through this deep economic crisis.  (Last Updated May 22, 2020). Further free resources can be found here. Should you need legal advice on how to manage … Continue Reading

Government Benefits and Bringing Employees Back: The CERB and CEWS

This week in Ontario many businesses are re-opening. Employers and employees alike have questions about going back to work and the intersection of re-starting businesses with the various government subsidies that have been tiding many people over.  Bringing Employees Back to Work Using the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Many employers have laid off a … Continue Reading

Considerations for Employers as We Return to Work

The provinces are opening back up and various guidance has been issued to employers regarding how to do so safely, but the virus still exists and it’s still contagious. Governments who have been encouraging people to stay home are now contemplating how to get people to go out when really conditions regarding the virus have … Continue Reading

Re-opening Your Business During COVID-19

Many provinces across Canada have started the process of re-opening businesses. In Ontario, a select few seasonal businesses have been allowed to open this week with restrictions. These include seasonal businesses and some essential construction. Check out the Provincial News Release for the details.  While the list is still very short, we can be sure … Continue Reading

How Can I Afford Legal Advice if My Business is Sinking?

How Can I Afford Legal Advice? Many employers are facing rock hard choices right now: layoff on shaky legal ground or go bankrupt? Let some employees go, but how to afford termination pay? Offer more than ESA minimums to get a release or risk a claim down the road? Since early March 2020, we’ve found … Continue Reading

Rightsizing Your Workforce During COVID-19

Unchartered Workplace Waters For many entrepreneurs and small businesses, the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented losses in a short period of time.  It has been a time of incredible stress, uncertainty and countless questions about how you can stay afloat, best manage your team and, eventually, rebuild.  At SpringLaw, we have been navigating … 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

When Does Racism Amount to a Poisoned Workplace?

Does racism necessarily lead to a poisoned workplace? At the end of last month, the Ontario Court of Appeal concluded in General Motors of Canada Limited v Yohann Johnson that while the former employee, Johnson, “genuinely believed that he had been the victim of racism in his workplace” and that his “perception of events unfortunately … Continue Reading

BYOD Part 3: Costs & Risks of BYOD

As I set out in my previous blog posts, the demand for bringing your own device to work continues, and is largely driven by the many benefits of embracing BYOD. In this post, I set out some of the costs and risks of BYOD. INCREASED TECHNOLOGY COSTS: For every benefit to embracing BYOD, there is the other … Continue Reading

BYOD Part 2: Benefits of BYOD

As I set out in my last blog post, "Who is Demanding BYOD?", the demand for bringing your own device to work may come from all corners and levels of the company. In this post, I set out the benefits of BYOD.  Benefits: 1.      EMPLOYEE REQUESTS: The most obvious benefit to embracing BYOD is employee engagement and … Continue Reading

BYOD Part 1: Who is Demanding BYOD?

As employees increasingly demand to use their preferred electronic device in the workplace, employers are working through whether the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) concept is a good idea, or an employee perk to ban for security and cost reasons. In my next few blog posts, I plan to explore the issue and take a look … Continue Reading
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