EMPLOYER ALERT: CORONAVIRUS DECLARED A PANDEMIC

12. March 2020 0
The World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. This does not mean that the characteristics of the disease have changed at all, it simply means there are concerns with its geographic spread.  According to the WHO a pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have ...

GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN THE WORKPLACE

10. March 2020 0
The COVID-19 epidemic challenges companies to carefully review strategies, policies and procedures they have in place to protect employees, customers and operations.  Management of the workplace in the face of the epidemic engages a variety of legal considerations that have significant implications for both employers and employees. Rose Keith, QC, a member of our leading ...

HAVING AN OUT FOR A FIXED TERM CONTRACT

15. January 2020 0
Many employers arrange employment relationships under a “fixed term” contract.  Fixed term contracts run for a set period of time and specify the date on which the employment ends.  These types of contracts can be beneficial as they provide greater certainty that an employee will fulfill the full term of the engagement. They are often ...

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 ...