5 WAYS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF USING VOLUNTEERS

25. November 2019 0
Many organizations (including charities, non-profits, and religious organizations) rely on a mixture of employees and volunteers to help them in their day to day functions.  The volunteers can play a very important role in an organization, but volunteers can also be a source of potential liability.  A volunteer could later claim to be an employee ...

ENSURING A DISCRETIONARY BONUS REMAINS DISCRETIONARY

24. October 2019 0
Many compensation plans include entitlement to some form of variable pay or bonus, and typically with respect to a bonus the employer will take the position that it is discretionary, that is that they get to decide who gets the bonus, when they get it and how much they get. Some bonus plans are structured ...

WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN TERMINATING AN EMPLOYEE

09. October 2019 0
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision provided clear direction to employers on what NOT to do when terminating employees.  The Court of Appeal in Ruston v. Keddco Mfg. (2011) Ltd., 2019 ONCA 125 affirmed the trial decision.  At trial the Court awarded $100,000 in punitive damages against the employer for the manner of termination ...

5 TIPS FOR USING EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS IN THE HIRING PROCESS

07. October 2019 0
In our other blog posts, we have strongly encouraged employers to use written employment agreements for their employees.  Here are some useful tips to consider when making employment offers with written employment agreements. When making a verbal or written employment offer to a prospective hire, make it clear that the offer is subject to the ...

CAN I PREVENT COMPETITION FROM PAST EMPLOYEES?

01. August 2019 0
Many employers ask if they can prevent an employee from competing with them or soliciting clients after they leave their employment. There are many reasons that employers will want to do this. Depending on the nature of the industry, an employee’s ability to compete can result in the loss of a large portion of clientele, ...

WHEN IS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR NOT SO INDEPENDENT?

19. July 2019 0
Many employers use a variety of types of arrangements for their workforce.  One of the arrangements we see quite frequently is that of independent contractor.  An independent contractor relationship has a variety of benefits both for the contractor and for the employer.  One of the key benefits for the employer is the ability to limit ...