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Every business, including small ones, can end up at trial

Every business, including small ones, can end up at trial

Everyone knows that lawsuits are expensive. I’ve written about the costs of lawsuits here. When I meet clients, we often discuss in general terms the costs related to lawsuits and the importance of planning properly to avoid them. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, […]

Employee entitled to 6 months wages after only 6 months of employment!

Employee entitled to 6 months wages after only 6 months of employment!

Wages in lieu of notice continues to be one of the most misunderstood areas of business law. Just last week, a business sale failed because of this issue. I wrote an article on the importance of signing contracts with employees before. In essence, unless otherwise […]

Cannabis at work: What can employers do?

Cannabis at work: What can employers do?

By now, you are probably tired of hearing and reading about cannabis, or cannabis at work. I don’t blame you. I’m tired of it too. Enough already. Let’s move on to other things… However, despite its presence in the news, the legalization of cannabis will […]

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

First, a caveat. I don’t practice in the specific area of labour law. However, I represent many businesses and employment issues are usually the single largest area of potential liability. As a business lawyer, I think its important to understand all of the (legal) factors […]

Employer paid $200k to sick employee after termination

Employer paid $200k to sick employee after termination

As previously discussed in the articles on our site, employers have significant obligations to their employees and can be held liable if they do not respect them. However, a review of ongoing cases before the courts demonstrates that employers just don’t seem to get it. […]

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business can be an exciting and stressful experience. First new owners must dig deep into their savings and-or remortgage their home. Then, when they take over the business, they face a steep learning curve. New owners step into the shoes of the selling […]

Marijuana and employment – Can employees smoke up at work?

Marijuana and employment – Can employees smoke up at work?

Marijuana and employment – can employees smoke up at work? Starting October 17th, 2018, cannabis will be legal. What will this mean for employers? Will employees be able to take marijuana breaks like cigarette smokers? Will employees be able to smoke a joint during their […]

Changes to Ontario’s labour code: How do they compare to Manitoba’s?

Changes to Ontario’s labour code: How do they compare to Manitoba’s?

  I was reading an article written by Dan Kelly yesterday. Mr. Kelly is the president of CFIB (the Canadian Federation of Independent Business). They boast a large membership and are often the voice of small business on the national scene. Mr. Kelly was looking forward […]

Terminating for cause: Russian Roulette

Terminating for cause: Russian Roulette

  Terminating for cause: Russian Roulette Nothing is worse for business or moral than a toxic employee.  One person can make life miserable for the entire staff.  Supervisors or managers spend an inordinate amount of time managing the problems created by that one person.  The economic […]

Biggest Employer Mistake – No written Employment Agreement

Biggest Employer Mistake – No written Employment Agreement

Updated 16 October, 2018 The most common mistake SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) make is to hire employees without signing a written employment contract. Why? Because without a written employment contract, courts will impose obligations you would not have considered taking. Now, before I explain […]