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Employment Insurance Changes Create New Conditions for Claimants

Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits have provided temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians for decades. For most claimants, benefits are 55% of their weekly average insurable earnings, to a maximum of $485 per week. On January 6, 2013, several amendments affecting the availability of EI benefits came into effect. These amendments allow the government to differentiate

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A Virtual Horror Story: Improperly Sent Email Proves Costly for Employer

With the frequent use of email in the workplace, it is not surprising that the occasional embarrassing message has been sent to the wrong user. A recent decision of the Divisional Court, however, should caution all employers that an inadvertent email may not only be embarrassing but can also have significant legal consequences. In Fernandes

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Employee Charged for Failure to Report Unsafe Work

An Ontario employee has been charged under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) for allegedly not reporting a dangerous work situation. The employee, a City of Ottawa (“City”) worker, was present while a private contractor was hooking up connections for a new development site to the city’s water and sewer systems. Also present

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Corporate Director Fined and Sentenced to Prison Term for Failure to Pay Wages

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Justice shows that a company’s failure to abide by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) can result in serious penalties for its directors. In that regard, the Court imposed a $280,000 penalty on six Ontario companies and the director of those companies, and also sentenced the director

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