Tag archives: Employment Standards Act 2000

Paid leave entitlements during sickness absence: a significant change in France

In three decisions handed down on 13 September 2023, the French Supreme Court took an unprecedented position reversing the previous case law concerning accrual of paid leave for employees absent from work due to sickness. In these decisions, the French Supreme Court ruled that all employees on sick leave, regardless of whether the illness is … Continue reading

(Just) Cause for Concern? Ontario Divisional Court weighs in on enforceability of “for cause” termination provisions

The Ontario Divisional Court recently dismissed the employer’s appeal in Lamontagne v JL Richards & Associates Limited (Lamontagne)[1], adding an appellate lens to the body of case law addressing the enforceability of “for cause” termination provisions in employment contracts.[2] In Lamontagne, the employer terminated the applicant’s employment without cause after 6.25 years. The applicable employment … Continue reading

New Ontario employment legislation requires “disconnect from work” policies and prohibits non-competes

New legislation in Ontario introduces a first-in-Canada requirement for employers to prepare “disconnect from work” policies for their employees.  It also creates a novel prohibition on non-competition provisions in employment agreements. On December 2, 2021 Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, (“Bill 27”) received royal assent, passing into law several amendments to employment-related legislation … Continue reading

Ontario Divisional Court expands statutory severance pay threshold

In Hawkes v. Max Aicher (North America) Limited, the Ontario Divisional Court held that the calculation of an employer’s payroll for the purposes of determining its severance pay obligations under the Ontario  Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) must include its payroll outside of Ontario and Canada. Background The employee was employed by Max Aicher (North … Continue reading

How to manage vacation when there is nowhere to go

Vacation may not be top of mind for employees in Ontario right now: March Break is postponed, public health officials continue to advise against non-essential travel, and the Government of Canada imposed greater international travel restrictions. But even though employees may want to save their time off for warmer weather and, hopefully, an improved public … Continue reading

Proposed Changes to Leaves of Absence in Ontario

This post was contributed by Regina Martyn, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Toronto) Employers should be aware of the possibility of new statutory job-protected leaves of absence in Ontario.  Bill 21, known as the “Employment Standards Amendment Act” (Leaves to Help Families), is in the Second Reading and proposes 3 new unpaid leaves for … Continue reading