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Employers Owe Vacation Pay on Commissions and Bonuses
31 Mar, 2021
By Jennifer Zeilikman

Sometimes an employer will calculate vacation pay based only on the employee’s salary rather than including the salary and any bonus or commission payments.  This is important for the employee as sometimes bonuses and commission payments can make up a substantial part of the employee’s income.  However, some jobs may be exempt from paying vacation with pay.  Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) sets out provisions with respect to how and in what amounts an employee is entitled to vacation pay.

A factor that may increase the reasonable notice period that many employers may find surprising
23 Mar, 2021
By Jennifer Zeilikman

Many factors can increase an employee’s reasonable notice period upon dismissal from their job.  For instance, factors such as age, nature of the job, how long they worked there and what experience, training or qualifications they may have. However, the list as set out above is not the end of the story. There are additional factors that can come into play. One novel factor may be the COVID-19 pandemic.  Another factor that sometimes people do not readily think about when assessing the length of a reasonable notice period is pregnancy.

There is a New Tort in Ontario
16 Mar, 2021
By Jennifer Zeilikman

The Ontario Superior Court has recently released the decision of Caplan v. Atas, 2021 ONSC 670.  This is a significant decision that influences all areas of law including employment law.

Age in the Workplace
09 Mar, 2021
By Jennifer Zeilikman

Employers in Ontario cannot discriminate against employees because of age.  This is because age is a protected ground under the Human Rights Code, 1990 (“Code”) and if an employer acts in a way that infringes the Code it could face serious legal consequences as a result. Both the young and old may experience age-related discrimination.

Two Employment Law Issues related to COVID-19 set to make changes in 2021
25 Feb, 2021
By Jennifer Zeilikman

There are two COVID-19 related employment law issues that we believe will be making major waves in 2021.

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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.