Lisa Goodfellow

Partner | Toronto

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Key considerations when re-opening your business

In recent days, much of the conversation around the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted to the subject of re-opening various sectors of the economy and the eventual return to a “new normal”. While the precise details of this re-opening remain unscheduled...

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Workplace safety guidelines

In anticipation of reopening the provincial economy, the Ontario government has released workplace safety guidelines for employers with COVID-19 precautions, including sector-specific health and safety guidance.  The guidelines provide direction to the manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food...

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The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy at your fingertips

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator As previously reported, the Government is implementing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which will provide a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12...

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COVID-19: A relief resource for commercial tenants and landlords across Canada

Miller Thomson LLP recognises this is an unprecedented time and we continue to be committed to the well-being and sustainability of our clients. The government and various other institutions have implemented a number of measures aimed at providing economic relief...

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Statutory temporary layoffs across Canada (current to April 3, 2020)

Many of our clients are considering the use of temporary layoffs to deal with the impact of the coronavirus on their businesses. For ease of reference, we have outlined the rules under the provincial employment standards legislation across Canada, and...

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New details on Canada emergency wage subsidy – Real help for employers

The Government has announced a wage subsidy of 75% of employee wages, to reimburse employers with qualifying businesses, for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.  The following details were announced today: The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“Subsidy”)...

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Labour & Employment Issues in the Mining Sector

Ontario has approximately 40 underground mines, with about 25,000 workers, located mostly in Northern Ontario. Minerals such as copper, nickel, gold and other precious metals, diamonds, salt and gypsum are extracted.  Ontario also has several thousand surface open pits, quarries,...

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Can a Non-Compete Protect Your Business?

Canadian Consulting Engineer

Employers keen to protect their business commonly put non-competition clauses in their employment contracts, or a stand-alone non-competition agreement. A duty not to compete during the period of employment is fine, and even implicit in every employment relationship. One that...

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Welcome News from the Ontario Court of Appeal: Nemeth v. Hatch Ltd.

In a refreshing and sensible decision released in January, the Ontario Court of Appeal found the express termination clause in a contract of employment to be enforceable and to restrict the plaintiff’s entitlement to notice. The clause in question provided:...

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Ethical, Legal and Equitable Duties in Fundraising

There are a number of ethical, legal, and equitable rules that directors, officers, and employees of charities and not-for-profit organizations must follow. This article focuses in particular on persons engaged in fundraising roles and what they need to know to...

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Exceptional Notice Period Assessed for Dependent Contractors

An employee’s right to implied reasonable notice of termination in the absence of an express termination provision depends on various factors, such as age, length of service, and character of employment.  Very few awards have exceeded 24 months. The Ontario...

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Lisa Goodfellow comments on stock option plans in Advisor.ca article

Advisor.ca, "Tax and Estate Issues with Stock Options"

One of your best clients just got promoted, and her compensation package includes stock options. To factor them into her plan, you need to understand how options work, how they’re taxed, and what will happen to them when she dies.

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Employment Litigation Manual

Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2nd edition

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Union Found to Have Committed Unfair Labour Practice in Organizing Drive

In a decision released June 25, 2012, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) has found that an organizer from the Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council (“LIUNA”) improperly influenced employees of Graham Bros. Construction Limited...

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Supreme Court Overturns B.C. Court of Appeal’s Ruling on Competition by Ex-Employee

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Social Networking Issues in the Workplace, Focus on Technology/IP

Volume 1, Issue 2

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