Carol S. VandenHoek

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Carol VandenHoek and Eric Johnson quoted in Canadian Lawyer article

Canadian Lawyer, "From farm gate to dinner plate: Food law is a burgeoning area as the industry continues to grow."

Miller Thomson LLP has approximately 55 lawyers with a variety of legal backgrounds working in its vast agribusiness and food law industry group. “Being from Saskatchewan, agricultural and food law have always been an integral part of our economy,” says...

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Getting the Deal Through: Agribusiness 2019

Agribusiness 2019 covers the latest developments in agricultural law and regulation across major jurisdictions worldwide. Carol VandenHoek and Eric Johnson are contributing editors and co-authored the chapter for Canada. Introduction: download pdf Canada: download pdf Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. Getting...

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Cannabis Legalization and Farm Safety Considerations

The occupational health and safety risks associated with farming have long been known.  The introduction of recreational (legalized) cannabis, which will take effect on October 17, 2018, adds uncertainty for farmers, even if they are not part of the cannabis...

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Getting the Deal Through: Agribusiness 2018

Law Business Research Ltd.

Agribusiness 2018 covers the latest developments in agricultural law and regulation across major jurisdictions worldwide. Wendy Baker and Carol VandenHoek are contributing editors and co-authored the chapter for Canada. Introduction: download pdf Canada: download pdf Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research...

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More Employer Obligations on the Horizon? The Domestic and Sexual Violence Protection Act

Employers should be aware of proposed changes which would provide paid and unpaid leaves to employees relating to domestic and/or sexual violence and impose new training requirements for supervisors and workers. Bill 157, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Protection Act,...

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Changes Implemented to Ontario’s Production Insurance Regime

In a previous post which may be found here, we discussed legislation tabled by the Ontario government which would amend the province’s production insurance regime and had the potential to widen production insurance coverage to allow livestock, dairy, poultry, and...

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Update on CETA: Industry awaits Ratification amidst “Brexit” Uncertainty

In October 2013, it was announced that Canada and the EU had reached an agreement in principle with respect to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). CETA is intended to co-exist with other trade agreements including the...

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Proposed Expansion of Employer Obligations: New Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws

Employers in Ontario need to be aware of the continued evolution and expansion of their obligations relating to harassment in the workplace. The issues of sexual harassment and violence are high on the Ontario Government’s agenda. In March 2015, the...

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The Trend to Higher Damage Awards at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal: Employers Beware

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal sets a new record for general damages. The facts of the case are particularly troubling involving two migrant sisters who alleged serious and ongoing sexual solicitations and advances by the owner....

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Has the genie escaped his bottle?

The decision of Wilson v. Solis Mexican Foods Inc is the first Ontario Superior Court decision to award a dismissed employee damages for discrimination.  Since the amendments to the Human Rights Code (Ontario) in 2008 plaintiffs have the option of...

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The Evolution of Family Status: The Uncertainty Continues

In the face of competing views regarding the proper approach in establishing discrimination on the basis of family status, employers are faced with uncertainty in relation to their obligations. These murky waters are likely to continue for some time until...

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Liability for Harassment of Transsexual Woman

Recent amendments to the Human Rights Code (Ontario) added to the protected grounds of discrimination both gender expression and gender identity. The recent decision of Vanderputten v. Seydaco Packaging Corp.,[1] while filed prior to the amendments, is instructive on the...

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Safety Misconduct and Just Cause

The case of Barton v. Rona Ontario Inc.1 raises the issue of dismissal for cause based upon employee misconduct relating to a serious safety violation. In this case, the plaintiff was an assistant store manager who had worked for the employer...

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Ontario Court of Appeal Ruling – Mitigation Limitations

The Court of Appeal’s recent ruling in Bowes v. Goss Power Products Ltd., 2012 ONCA 425, will have significant impact on employers who utilize employment agreements. A five judge panel heard the severance case which addressed an important issue in...

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Human Rights Code Amendments – What steps should an employer take?

What action should an employer take to address the pending amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code to protect their organization? These amendments will add to the protected grounds of discrimination the grounds of “gender identity” and “gender expression” with...

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Availability of Tort Claims in Employment Actions Restricted by Ontario Court of Appeal Ruling

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled, in a decision dated May 28, 2010, that an employer cannot be sued in tort for negligent infliction of mental distress.  The ruling reversed the 2008 trial decision of Ontario Superior Court Justice...

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Employment Contract Requiring Departing Employee to Repay for Training and Other Penalties Enforceable

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

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