Author name: Calvin Chan

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, EMPLOYEE, OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN?

In today’s evolving job market, companies often engage workers in various capacities, including as independent contractors and employees. While both roles can provide significant contributions to a company’s operations, they also have distinct legal and financial implications for both parties involved. Understanding the differences between independent contractors, employees and the even rarer dependent contractors is […]

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ONTARIO POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS – SILENCE IS NOT FOR SALE

Fall is upon us which means back-to-school, sweater weather and warm beverages. This is also the time of year many will return to, or start, pursuing their career and educational goals at one of Ontario’s many post-secondary institutions. Ontario’s Colleges and Universities are a sanctuary for higher educational achievement, the honing of student minds and

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POTENTIALLY VIOLATING ONTARIO’S EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT INVALIDATES AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT – PERIOD.

In this case, a “construction” employee had signed an employment agreement purporting to minimize the employee’s entitlements upon termination to only those required by the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). However, the Court held the employment contract to be invalid, thereby awarding common law reasonable notice to the employee. The fatal error by

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FIRING AN EMPLOYEE? CALVIN’S TERMINATION CHECKLIST – CHECK THIS BEFORE YOU TERMINATE.

CHECKLIST – THE TERMINATION MEETING In most cases, the termination should be communicated in a meeting with the employee at which they are advised of the termination and the reasons for it, and are provided with a termination letter. Where the termination is for disciplinary reasons or for cause, ensure that the investigation is complete

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BEFORE ANYBODY IS TERMINATED, REVIEW CALVIN’S PRE-TERMINATION CHECKLIST!

PRE-TERMINATION CHECKLIST Terminating an employment relationship should not be decided upon without planning and consideration of potential obligations (and liability). Liability for reasonable notice, or pay in lieu of notice, must be considered.  Below is a checklist that will be helpful for you to review before a decision to terminate is made. This checklist will

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DOES MY BOSS NEED A GOOD REASON TO FIRE ME? WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IF I AM FIRED?

Ultimately, employers do not need a reason to terminate an employee governed by Ontario law. They can do so “without cause” at any time, subject to the employee’s right to receive reasonable notice of termination, or pay in lieu of such notice. However, if an employer terminates an employee for cause, the employer may have

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WHAT IF I AM FIRED? WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FOR SEVERANCE? "PAY IN LIEU" EXPLAINED.

If you are terminated by your employer and: [1] firstly, there is no “just cause” for your termination; and [2] secondly, you do not have a written employment agreement or, if you do, there is no clause restricting you to only the statutory notice of termination required by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 of Ontario (the “ESA”) (or,

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