Category Archives: Employment Law

Blogs and comments on general Employee relations topics

Is Your Business Prepared for a Sudden Departure?

Accidents, illness, and employee turnover are an unfortunate part of business life, and your employees need to know what comes next in the event that you or another key person they rely on are no longer able to perform their usual duties.  It can also compromise your organization if you have only one person in control of this information-bills go unpaid, emails not returned, information that is vital can be lost forever if not backed up and secured. Trying to change accesses to online accounts can be very time consuming and troubling if there isn’t a second, or even third, Continue Reading »

Big Changes to Federal Labour Standards

Bill C-86, which brought amendments to the Federal budget also came with a huge number of changes to the Federal Labour Code (the national equivalent of the Employment Standards Act) and the changes come into effect on September 1, 2019. The Federal Labour Code covers workers in the banking, radio & television broadcasting, telecommunications, inter-provincial railways, air transportation (including airlines) and shipping industries. Two very notable changes which I feel are “ground-breaking” and overdue- Traditional Aboriginal Practices leave, which provides “up to 5 days per calendar year to engage in traditional aboriginal practices”; and Breaks for Health Reasons which provides Continue Reading »

Please Complete & Share This Survey!

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie (WPBGE) would appreciate your help in promoting and distributing a new, 5-minute survey aimed at people who are employed or unemployed (i.e. between 15 and 65 years old, and either actively searching for work and/or in a job of any kind). The Job Seeker & Employee Survey is meant to give our community better information on the experiences, challenges and needs of workers – the supply side of the supply/demand workforce equation. Anyone living in Brantford, Brant, Six Nations, New Credit, Haldimand or Norfolk is invited to participate. The survey is partly in Continue Reading »

Be Careful with Employment Contracts

Employment contracts clarify performance standards and the terms of employment but can also cause a lot of grief if not managed properly.  It is very important to “pay attention to the details” in employment contracts, as these can have a significant impact if mistakes are made or terms are overlooked. Some of the more common pitfalls are: 1. End dates missed – If you hire someone on a fixed term contract (i.e. May 1 to September 30) and they work beyond the stated end date with no new agreement, the temporary contract becomes a permanent arrangement and you must treat Continue Reading »

Is There an Acceptable Temperature Range for Workplaces?

Summer weather will be here soon, and I am frequently asked about the heat and temperature levels for workplaces. Temperature is a legitimate issue in determining workplace safety. A particular concern is heat stress. While there are no set minimum or maximum temperatures for most workplaces, there are a few with specific requirements, because either extreme heat or cold may be a hazard. In health care facilities or an industrial establishment, (such as a factory, store, workshop or office), the OHSA regulations set a minimum temperature of 18 °C, subject to some exemptions for things like work outdoors or in Continue Reading »