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Caveat Emptor: Ministry of Labour Gets Sued for ESA Hotline Advice

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As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”.  Two  former employees of now-defunct Trillium Manufacturing are suing the Ministry of Labour over advice they received from its ESA hotline. The two employees accepted 8 weeks’ pay-in-lieu of notice from their employer as the ESA hotline told them that was their maximum legal entitlement,…

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An Employer’s Right to Temporarily Layoff in Ontario: Clear as Mud

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In unionized workplaces, temporary layoffs have long been an employer’s most effective way of responding to economic downturns.  But what about non-unionized employers? Traditionally, unless an employer can show that it has an implied or express contractual right to temporarily layoff, a court will find that the interruption to employment will constitute a constructive dismissal…

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