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Ontario Employment Law Handbook – An Employer's Guide, 12th Edition

This new edition provides up-to-date current information, enabling employers, practitioners, human resource specialists and employees to stay on top of the latest developments in the law, and arms you with critical knowledge to help reduce exposure to legal liability.
Publication Language: English

Softcover | 168 pages

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780433497363

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How to Avoid Day-to-Day Legal Problems

New employment law cases are released every day, and the law continues to change at a rapid pace. The new edition of this handbook provides up-to-date, current information, enabling employers, practitioners, human resource specialists and employees to stay on top of the latest developments in the law.

The Ontario Employment Law Handbook, 12th Edition arms you with critical knowledge to help reduce exposure to legal liability in key areas:

  • Minimum employment standards
  • Human rights
  • Health and safety issues
  • Negotiating with unions

Commentary and analysis cover a range of employment issues in Ontario, from termination procedures to employee benefits to parental leave, including common law and statutory requirements affecting both employers and employees. Whether you operate in a union, non-union, or mixed environment, you'll learn important ways to improve the employment relationship.

What's New in this Edition:

  • Reflects recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act
  • Outlines employers' record keeping obligations including shift scheduling and vacation
  • Discusses the ramifications of the misclassification of employees as independent contractors
  • Reviews the changes to minimum wage requirements
  • Updated section on ‘tipping' including to whom the tips belong, withholding tips and tax treatment of tips
  • New sections on:
    • employer scheduling requirements such as minimum number of hours required for an employer to give an employee, canceling shifts, and work request schedule changes
    • employment insurance: family caregiver benefits for critically ill adults and children
    • proposed legislation to address pay transparency
    • the presumption in favour of the employee and the requirement of consideration
    • Employee Lists Requests
    • the mediation and arbitration process between employers and unions
    • child death leave and leave for employees or their children experiencing domestic or sexual violence
  • Updated section on calculating public holiday pay
  • Treatment of substituted days off in lieu of a public holiday
  • Revised section on addressing statutory requirements for vacation entitlement and vacation pay, as well as calculation of vacation pay
  • Information about situations where you may request extended pregnancy leave
  • Updated sections on different types of leave from employment including parental leave, personal emergency leave, family medical leave critical illness leave, crime-related child disappearance leave
  • Revised section on prohibited grounds of discrimination including gender identity and gender expression
  • Mentions the introduction of cannabis legislation and the need for employers to review workplace policies
  • Discusses amendments made to the Ontario Health and Safety Act, particularly sexual harassment and workplace sexual harassment as well as the process of investigating a complaint and important components to include in workplace policies and programs addressing harassment
  • Addresses changes to WHIMIS legislation being phased across Canada until from February 2015 to December 2018
  • Identifies new and revised physical hazard classes and general health hazard classes under WHIMIS
  • Lists new and pre-existing products exempt and partially exempt under WHIMIS
  • Revised list of hazardous products requiring a Safety Data Sheet
  • Updated requirements and provisions relating to the termination of employment including a minimum notice period and factors determining the length of the period and things to consider when drafting termination clauses
  • Following amendments to the Labour Relations Act the authors introduced a new section on the Labour Relations Board's power to review bargaining unit structures
  • Discusses the extraterritorial reach of PIPEDA's privacy laws

A Practical Handbook for:

  • Human resources professionals seeking an overview of areas of employment law where they must make decisions to minimize liability
  • Employment lawyers and in-house counsel who need a quick review of employment law issues to avoid claims
  • Human resources instructors and students looking for a thorough overview of key principles rather than an academic treatise
  • Owners and managers of workplaces that do not have a human resources specialist.
  • Union business managers for use in collective agreement negotiations and when grievances arise

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Employment Standards Act, 2000
Chapter 2: Further Minimum Terms of Employment
Chapter 3: The Occupational Health and Safety Act
Chapter 4: Pay Equity
Chapter 5: Employment Contracts and Termination of Non-Union Employees
Chapter 6: The Arrival of a Trade Union
Chapter 7: The Relationship with a Union
Chapter 8: The Collective Agreement
Chapter 9: Privacy Law