Lisa Goodfellow

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Ontario to require proof of vaccination in select settings

As Ontario braces for a Delta-driven fourth wave of COVID-19, the government has announced that it will require people to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings. Starting September 22,...

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Ontario makes COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory for high-risk settings

As a result of the emergence of the Delta variant, the Government of Ontario is taking steps to increase protection for the most vulnerable populations, including frail seniors, immunocompromised individuals and young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination....

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Saskatchewan introduces legislation to provide for paid sick leave

The Saskatchewan Government has introduced legislation, Bill 603, which would amend The Saskatchewan Employment Act to provide for paid sick leave.  If the legislation passes, employees would be entitled to paid sick leave of up to: 10 days in a...

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COVID-19 paid sick leave program for Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Government has announced a COVID-19 paid sick leave program that will launch on May 26, 2021. Under this program, employees who need to take time off work because of COVID-19 may qualify for up to four paid...

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Lisa Goodfellow quoted in SHRM article on a policy to give workers the legal right to disconnect from work

SHRM, "Canada Considers Granting Right to Disconnect"

« Employers that do not operate on a traditional 9-to-5 schedule have raised valid questions about how the right to disconnect would apply to them in practice, » said Lisa Goodfellow, an attorney with Miller Thomson in Toronto. « An important consideration among...

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Budget 2021 – Items of interest for employers

The Federal Government’s Budget 2021 proposes a number of items that may be of interest to employers.  The key ones include: Expansion of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support from June 2021...

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Ontario implements travel restrictions and enhanced public health measures

Travel Restrictions Effective April 19, 2021 (12:01 a.m. Central Time in the Central Time Zone and 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time in the Eastern Time Zone of Ontario), travel into Ontario from Manitoba and Quebec is restricted by Ontario Regulation 293/21. ...

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BC creates vaccination leave and expands COVID-19 leave

The Employment Standards Regulation, BC Reg 396/95, has been amended to create an unpaid leave for employees who require leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to assist a dependant who is being vaccinated against COVID-19. The length of the...

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Government of Canada launches consultation on labour protections for “gig work” and on a “right to disconnect”

On March 18, 2021, the federal Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, invited Canadians to participate in an online consultation to share their views on: “gig work” – where workers enter into short-term contracts to complete specific and often one-off tasks, generally through...

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Updates on COVID-19 supports

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Federal Government has extended the following COVID-19 supports: Employment Insurance The number of weeks of EI regular benefits available has been extended by up to 24 weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks...

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Paid vaccination leave

Saskatchewan has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a paid leave to allow an employee to take time off work to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Saskatchewan’s The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 have been amended to add a...

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Federal Government implements increase to maximum subsidy rate under Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

In its Fall Economic Statement, the federal government committed to increasing the maximum CEWS wage subsidy rate to 75%. On December 18, 2020, the federal government announced (see news release) that it had concluded the necessary regulatory changes to implement...

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Ontario extends temporary layoff provisions and IDEL to July 3, 2021

The Ontario Government has announced a further extension to the definition of the “COVID-19 period,” extending the maximum periods of COVID-related temporary layoffs from January 2, 2021 to July 3, 2021, before they are deemed to be terminations under the Employment...

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Lisa Goodfellow quoted in SHRM article on Canada’s Supreme Court ruling for entitlement to bonus pay after wrongful dismissal

SHRM, "Canada’s Supreme Court Entitles Dismissed Employees to Bonuses"

The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled in October 2020 in favor of a former employee’s entitlement to bonus pay and other benefits after being forced out of the company. Lisa Goodfellow, an attorney with Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto,...

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Drivers Inc: Classification issues in transportation

Introduction Proper classification of drivers is an ongoing issue. The way drivers are classified can significantly impact the obligations and operations of a business, as independent contractors are excluded from most employment standards and labour relations legislation both federally and...

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COVID-19 restrictions reinstated or implemented across the country

With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, many areas of Canada this week have reinstated or implemented restrictions with the goal of controlling the spread of the disease.  Some of the key restrictions are set out below. Alberta...

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Lisa Goodfellow discusses Ontario’s Bill 128 on The Rob Snow Show

1310 News Ottawa, The Rob Snow Show

Lisa Goodfellow is a guest on the October 27, 2020 edition of 1310 News Ottawa’s The Rob Snow Show to discuss Ontario’s Bill 128 which provides immunity from COVID-19 liability under certain conditions. Her segment begins at the 37:20 mark....

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Ontario introduces new bill to insulate against COVID-19 liability

COVID-19 has placed an unprecedented strain on employers, retailers, service providers, and our health care system. Unfortunately, at the same time that we have all been experiencing and navigating the inevitable increased risks of operating in a pandemic, some providers...

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Supreme Court of Canada’s latest word on bonus entitlements on termination: Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd.

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd.[1] This highly anticipated decision dealt with the entitlement to bonuses and long-term incentive plan amounts in assessing wrongful dismissal damages. The Court concluded that...

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extended

On September 25, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, proposed extending the current treatment of furloughed employees under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy for an additional four week period, from September 27 to October...

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Ontario implements mandatory screening at workplaces

Ontario Regulation 530/20 amends Ontario Regulation 364/20 to make it compulsory for businesses or organizations that are open to operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on...

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The end of CERB: New recovery benefits proposed for workers not eligible for EI

UPDATE:  Bill C-2, An Act relating to economic recovery in response to COVID-19, received Royal Assent on October 2, 2020. The Federal Government has announced the introduction of Bill C-2, An Act relating to economic recovery in response to COVID-19, to...

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Ontario extends temporary layoff provisions

Today, the Ontario Government announced further amendments to extend the maximum periods of temporary layoffs to January 2, 2021, before they could be deemed to be terminations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. The goal is to preserve jobs longer,...

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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

Lexology

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

Volume 1, Issue 2

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