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A growing number of businesses in Ontario have begun implementing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for their employees. Some businesses are taking an all-or-nothing approach whereby if an employee refuses to comply with a mandatory vaccination policy, they will be fired. Other businesses are offering an alternative whereby an employee who refuses to be vaccinated, must submit […] The post Vaccine, Testing and Mask Mandates – Straight & Up Front – Can I be Fired if I
Refusing to work extra hours is risky business for managers. Like all regular employees, managers’ relationships with their employers are governed by Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA). However, regulations under the Act also exempt those “whose work is supervisory or managerial in character” from the overtime provisions, which would otherwise entitle anyone to 1.5 times […] The post Can Managers Refuse Overtime? appeared first on Lecker & Associates.…
At the beginning of the pandemic, a multitude of job losses following the emergency lockdown prompted the federal government to implement the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). CERB was set up to provide employed and self-employed Canadians who were affected by COVID-19 with financial support in the form of temporary income replacement. Eligible workers received […] The post The Transition from CERB to EI and Other Programs appeared first on Lecker & Associates.…
Canadian employers got a break on their benefits plan costs last year as employees largely stayed home and avoided in-person health practitioners. But experts say the full cost of COVID-19 may only start to show up in the coming year, as mental health challenges, pandemic-delayed treatment for various illnesses and the virus itself could prompt […] The post ‘A pandemic after the pandemic’: Insurers brace for disability claims ‘deluge’ from mental, physical strain of crisis
By Jordan Reiner, Partner – Lecker & Associates When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination, some employers are mandating that their employees be vaccinated before returning to the office. If you as an employee find yourself in a similar situation, you may be asking yourself, “can my employer force me to be vaccinated,” “what are […] The post What Employees Should Know About Workplace Vaccinations appeared first on Lecker & Associates.…
On June 1, 2020, the Ford government introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the governing statutes that form Ontario’s employment laws. The amendments took the form of O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”). IDEL was enacted by the Ontario government as a measure to furlough (e.g. “layoff”) employees who may or […] The post Ontario Employment Laws Do Not Stop Lawsuits – Employer’s Beware! appeared first on Lecker & Associates.…
No matter how much we love our job, there can come a time when an individual is undergoing a mental disability, such as tremendous stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression, and medical leave is both necessary and recommended by a physician. Prior to and in the wake of COVID-19, the mental health crisis has severely increased […] The post What to do if You Love Your Job But it Doesn’t Love You Back appeared first on…
Former Toronto police officer Ralph Thistle says he’s finally able to install a well and running water at the small cabin near Mt. Forest, Ont., he shares with his service dog Rupert. Thistle’s decade-long battle with Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) came to an end last week when he opened his mailbox and […] The post Ex-Cop Finally Paid $630K in Lost Wages Due to PTSD After Years of Living in Poverty appeared…
As the proverbial dust from the chaotic storm of events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic begins to settle, more and more cases addressing its impact on employee rights are being decided. In Ristanovic v. Corma Inc., and Eliyahu Asafov v Corma Inc., 2021, ONSC 4108, the employee Plaintiffs (who were successfully represented by Jordan Reiner […] The post COVID-19: No Excuse to Lay/Off Employees appeared first on Lecker & Associates.…
As COVID-19 vaccines are made available to an increasing segment of the population and vaccine rollout expands, many are excited about the prospects of returning to some semblance of normalcy. For many, this involves a return to the workplace. Accordingly, employees and employers will have to wrestle with the challenge of their legal rights and […] The post Can Employers Force Employees to Vaccinated? appeared first on Lecker & Associates.…