Ontario Employment Rights: Questions Asked and Answered

Ontario Employment Rights: Questions Asked and Answered

I was recently welcomed by the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Employment Services division, to give an employment law primer to staff. Besides having a good laugh together, I was asked a number of great questions. Here are the answers.

Avant Law, LLP and Mugshots Workers in the News!

Avant Law, LLP and Mugshots Workers in the News!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Employment Law, News

“Five former workers claim they’re owed $17,662 in compensation for lost wages from the jail hostel after it abruptly closed the popular Mugshots bar this summer.” Story by Joe Lofaro of Metro News Ottawa. 

Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

The law in Ontario is pretty harsh on employees who have been fired. For the most part, employers are at liberty to fire an employee for almost any reason, or even for no reason at all. However, an employer’s power to dismiss without cause isn’t unlimited.

Welcome Overhaul of Ontario Employment Standards

Welcome Overhaul of Ontario Employment Standards

The Stronger Workplaces Act changed Ontario employment standards, making complaints more feasible for recovering back-wages and seeking compensation for standards violations. The changes also expanded protections to previously-excluded foreign workers, and bolstered standards for precarious workers in temporary help agencies.

How Do I Submit an Employment Standards Claim?

How Do I Submit an Employment Standards Claim?

If you’ve been wronged in the workplace, an employment standards claim may be an option. What’s involved to make an Ontario employment standards complaint?

Constructing dismissal: recognizing when your employer is pushing you out, and what to do about it

Constructing dismissal: recognizing when your employer is pushing you out, and what to do about it

Constructive dismissal describes a situation when your employer has changed your terms of employment — including salary, position, location, tasks or responsibilities — to the extent that the law considers you to have been effectively fired from your old job and hired into a changed one. You may be entitled to a notice period or compensation.