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Briefing Notes

Court of Appeal Declines to Decide if a Temporary Layoff Can Constitute Constructive Dismissal

May 16, 2022

In the May of 2021 decision of Coutinho v. Ocular Health Centre, the Ontario Superior Court ruled a COVID-19-related temporary layoff deemed to be an Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) under the province’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) could constitute a constructive dismissal under the common law.

Locker-room behaviour in the workplace can no longer be tolerated – so decides Court of Appeal for Ontario

May 4, 2022

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal for Ontario reminded employers that the days of locker-room banter in the workplace are over.

Speaking Engagements

Managing The Employment Lifecyle – Best Practices for Hiring, Performance Management and Terminations
June 27, 2022 | Brian G. Wasyliw, Luiza Vikhnovich
July 12, 2022 | Matthew P. Badrov
August 9, 2022 | Jeffrey Stewart, Luiza Vikhnovich

Video Seminars

Working for Workers Act(s) – What Employers Need to Know


Each year we are happy to host law students interested to learn about employment and labour law, employer-side.  If your law school has an employment and labour law club (or equivalent) and you’d like to organize a visit, please contact our Managing Director, Rhonda Cohen, at rcohen@sherrardkuzz.com or 416.603.6243.  We look forward to meeting you!

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