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Serious insight for serious situations.

What to do when employees are not flooding to work

The other week, Toronto was hit with a major rainstorm that ground parts of the city to a halt. The effect of the storm was felt particularly by those in the west end of the city whose homes, businesses and streets were flooded by the uncharacteristic amount of rain. Naturally, those affected by the storm

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What Vince Vaughn teaches us about the workplace

Last week, some members of the Rubin Thomlinson team watched “The Internship”, where the comedic duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson moved on from crashing weddings to crashing Google’s summer internship program. The film begins with a pair of outdated salesmen (Vaughn and Wilson) losing their jobs when their employer closes its doors. Instead

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I’ve been fired, now what?

Whether you’ve been “let go”, “discharged”, “dismissed” or “permanently laid off”, the end result is that you’re facing the uncertainty accompanied with losing one’s job. Given that this is a difficult, and often emotional time for employees, many may not recognize their rights and obligations upon termination. In that regard, the following is a list

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Life after reinstatement

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has recently shown that an employee can be reinstated, even if a decade has passed since their dismissal, when the dismissal was discriminatory. After working for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (the “School Board”) for 13 years, Sharon Fair developed a generalized anxiety disorder, and was off work

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Avoid the legal vulnerabilities of volunteering

This week is National Volunteer Week, which celebrates the hard work and initiative of volunteers across Canada. Whether it is teens vying to satisfy their 40 hours of volunteer work before graduation, or youths trying to get their foot in the door at an organization, volunteering is a popular avenue into many Canadian workplaces. Volunteer

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Employer drowns in penalties after not paying student lifeguards

The owner of a pool company has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $15,000 for not paying thousands of dollars in wages to former student lifeguards. The employer operated a string of pool supply companies, and hired students to work as lifeguards during the summer months. The employer was able to secure

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How to tweet your way to termination

Paris Brown was a pioneer for her generation, becoming the first youth police and crime commissioner for Kent in Britain on April 3, 2013. More than 160 young people vied for the position that sought to bridge the gap between teenagers and the police. Paris, who essentially became a pseudo-cop, underwent a background check as

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New job-protected leaves introduced in Ontario

On March 5, 2013, the Ontario government introduced new legislation which, if passed, would create three new job-protected leaves under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). If these new leaves are added to the ESA, caregivers would be allowed to provide support to their loved ones without fear of being dismissed by their employer. The

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