Insights from Appiah Law
October 4, 2022 - The recent arbitration decision of Ontario Provincial Police and OPPA (Gruchy), Re (“Gruchy”) highlights the role a toxic workplace environment plays when decision-makers assess the severity of, and appropriate punishment for, an employee’s inappropriate workplace behaviour.
November 10, 2021 - The Ontario government has tabled the Working for Workers Act, 2021 ("Bill 27"). If passed, Bill 27 will make significant changes to employment-related legislation in Ontario, including new rules on how employees conduct their work duties at home; the use of non-competition clauses in employment agreements; and new licensing requirements for recruiters and temporary help agencies.
August 20, 2021 - On August 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccination policies will become mandatory in high-risk workplaces. The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health has taken this additional step by issuing Directive #6 COVID-19 Vaccine Policy in Health Care Settings (the “Directive”).
March 4, 2021 – The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across Ontario has brought employers as much uncertainty for returning to “normal” business operations as it has brought hope. One hotly debated issue is whether employers can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If employers can impose this requirement, how should employers implement a vaccination policy and address employees who refuse to be vaccinated?
February 3, 2021 – Employers routinely include “Termination without Cause” provisions in their employment contracts to limit their employee dismissal obligations. In a decision released on June 17, 2020, Ontario’s highest court found such a provision to be unenforceable.
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