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More Developments in Employment Termination Clauses in the Wake of the Waksdale Decision
21 Oct, 2020
By Jennifer Zeilikman

Remember Waksdale v. Swegon North America, 2020 ONCA 391 (“Waksdale”)?  If not, do not despair because you can read all about that decision here. To remind our readers, back in July 2020, the Ontario Court of Appeal released the Waksdale decision and it caused a bit of a stir in the employment law community.  So why are we bringing up Waksdale in this blog?  Well, Waksdale has just been followed by a lower court in the decision of Sewell v. Provincial Fruit Co. Limited, 2020 ONSC 4406.

More Changes to Government Benefits due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as they introduce the CRB, CRSB and CRCB
09 Oct, 2020
By Jennifer Zeilikman

The Canadian government has created three new temporary monetary benefits as the pandemic rages on with some Canadian jurisdictions seeing rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.  These benefits have replaced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) that was available to help Canadians pay their expenses and support their households while off work because of COVID-19.

Minimum Wage Will Increase on October 1 in Ontario
23 Sep, 2020
By Arthur Zeilikman

On October 1, 2020, the minimum wage in Ontario will rise from $14.00 to $14.25 per hour.  Minimum wage is simply the lowest amount per working hour that an employer can legally pay an employee in most jobs.   To remind our readers, the last time the minimum wage was increased was back in 2018 when it rose to $14.00 per hour.  However, that wage rate has remained the same for nearly two years.  The current government has blocked a scheduled increase to the minimum wage at the time in Ontario.

Ontario Government Extends Layoff Timelines for Employers
08 Sep, 2020
By Jennifer Zeilikman

When the Ontario government had declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 back in March 2020, regulations in the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) were subsequently added to prevent layoffs, wage reductions or pay cuts and reduced working hours that were due to the coronavirus to be subject to constructive dismissal claims by employees under statute.  These employees were considered to be on a job-protected leave in the non-unionized context. 

Bylaws relating to face masks create issues for employers
29 Jul, 2020
By Jennifer Zeilikman

On July 24, 2020, the municipality of York Region mandated that all businesses and organizations, which operate in “enclosed public spaces” during Stage 3 of the economic reopening of Ontario, must use best efforts so that only individuals who wear a face covering can enter the premises of those establishments.

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Arthur Zeilikman
Arthur Zeilikman

Arthur Zeilikman holds a B.A. (Honours) in History from York University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Jennifer Zeilikman
Jennifer Zeilikman

Jennifer Zeilikman is Zeilikman Law’s managing counsel. She earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in June 2010.

Dennis Ovsyannikov
Dennis Ovsyannikov

Dennis Ovsyannikov obtained a B.A. (Honours) in History from York University (graduating with highest honour) and a J.D. from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.