Pamela Hofman

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Ontario Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act proposes a 32% increase in the minimum wage

The Ontario government has proposed to increase the general minimum wage to $14.00 per hour on January 1, 2018, and to $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2019. Additionally, the special minimum wage rate for students under 18, liquor servers, hunting/fishing guides and homeworkers will remain in effect, with increases by the same percentage as … Continue reading

Court Counts Payroll Outside of Ontario to Award Statutory Severance

The recent decision of Justice Kane in Paquette v. Quadraspec Inc., 2014 ONCS 2431 (“Paquette”) has arguably changed employees’ entitlement to severance pay on the termination of employment. Severance pay is distinct from termination pay and is meant to award long-term employees for their service and to compensate them for their loss of seniority and … Continue reading

Hope for employers seeking to manage performance issues

Where an employer unilaterally fundamentally or substantially changes the terms and conditions of employment, it is possible that an employee will raise an allegation of constructive dismissal, seeking notice and severance obligations under the applicable employment standards legislation, pursuant to an employment contract or, more frequently, common law notice of termination obligations. Often at issue … Continue reading