Ontario Employer Advisor Blog: Month in Review

Top 5 Public Holiday Questions (Part II)

By Daniel Pugen on June 28th, 2013

For the May long weekend, I posted the top 5 public holiday questions that clients have asked me over the years. Well, another long weekend is upon us and, yes, there are more questions that I am tasked with answering. Below are 5 additional public holiday questions and answers under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 ("ESA").

Employer’s Random Alcohol Testing Policy Constitutes Unreasonable Invasion of Employees’ Rights to Privacy
By Daniel Pugen and Lauren Cowl on June 20th, 2013

An employee’s right to ensure workplace safety versus an employee’s right to privacy – these competing rights have been present in the workplace for many years. On one hand, employers must be able to adopt policies to protect their workforce and abide by statutory health and safety obligations. On the other hand, employees expect that they ...

Careful How you Classify "Interns" – MOL Releases Policy Statement
By Daniel Pugen on June 4th, 2013

It is a fact of life for some entering the labour market – the unpaid internship. For young workers, it is an opportunity to gain experience in a desired field. For employers, it is an opportunity to have recent graduates perform necessary work or apprenticeship at less cost all while assessing suitability for continued employment. Perhaps the ...

Top 5 Public Holiday Questions
By Daniel Pugen on May 17th, 2013

The May long weekend is before us. The weather is great, the LCBO averted a labour disruption, and I suspect that traffic may be worse than usual getting out of the city. In honour of the long weekend, I have set out below the top 5 questions I am asked about public holidays under the Employment …

Employee Notice Period Greater than Length of Service!
By Daniel Pugen on May 7th, 2013

Like many management side labour lawyers, I often advise employers and their human resources professionals on the appropriate amount of notice or termination/severance pay an employee should receive upon dismissal without cause. I often remark that there is no "rule of thumb" or formulaic approach. Instead, in determining an employee’s notice period at common-law, the Courts have …

Minority Report: Ontario’s 2013 Budget Contains a Slew of Pension and Benefit Announcements
By Mark Firman on May 3rd, 2013

On May 2, Minister of Finance Charles Sousa tabled the Ontario Liberal government’s 2013 Budget. The Budget contains a number of announcements relating to pensions and benefits that will be of interest to Ontario employers, pension plan administrators and their advisors ...