July 7, 2004

Can a Public Holiday be Moved to Another Day?

Question: We operate a firm in Ontario. This year, Canada Day falls on a Thursday. Can we change the day off for July 1 to July 2? Answer: It is important to provide you with an overview of the state of the law on public holidays in Ontario . The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)…

December 10, 2003

Does Laid Off Time Count in Determining Severance?

Question: We are an Ontario-based employer and we have an employee whose employment was terminated after he had been temporarily laid off for a short period. Is he entitled to severance pay? If so, should the period of time he was temporarily laid off be included in determining the calculation of severance pay? Answer: Severance…

October 15, 2003

Asking Staff to Take Lie Detector Test

Question: Can an employer request that its employees undergo lie detector tests? Answer: For the most part, Canadian employment standards legislation does not contain comprehensive prohibitions against the use of lie detector tests in the employment context. The major exceptions to this are the unique provisions in the Ontario and New Brunswick Employment Standards Acts,…

October 8, 2003


Overtime Question: What steps will an employer have to take with respect to employees working overtime in Ontario after Bill 63, the Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000, with respect to hours and certain other matter, comes into effect? Bill 63 reduces the maximum number of hours an employer can require its employees…

September 22, 2003

Can employers temporarily lay off workers?

Alberta judge’s new interpretation extends employer temporary layoff rights A recent Alberta court decision is complicating the traditional common law position towards layoffs. The decision of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Vrana v. Procor appears to create unique rights for Alberta employers, allowing them to temporarily lay off employees while maintaining the employer-employee…

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