Understanding your rights and responsibilities as an employee or employer is often confusing and overwhelming. That’s why many people turn to expert lawyers for advice. Mr. Gary Bennett has been helping clients in Mississauga understand and navigate legal and regulatory requirements for many years. His legal expertise and experience are relied on by businesses and employees. Often people don’t understand when or why they need an employment lawyer. Most people mistakenly believe that if they do the right thing, their employment career will automatically turn out well. This is not the case. Success is intentional. It must be planned and … Continue reading
Question: Do I have just cause to fire an employee if my employee refuses to be vaccinated in violation of my vaccination policy?
Employers have an obligation to keep their workplaces safe. This obligation is found in the Occupational Health & Safety Act. For this reason, many employers have implemented mandatory vaccination policies. The Ontario government has also created policies requiring some employees to be vaccinated as a term and condition of their continued employment. These vaccination policies threaten to terminate the employment of any employee who refuses to be vaccinated but is this legal? Just cause is a very high threshold for any employer to meet. The Ontario Courts have consistently concluded that just cause is a form of capital punishment in employment … Continue reading
A healthy workplace benefits both the employee and the business. Employees work best and attain their highest abilities in a safe and protected environment. However, not all workplaces are free from harassment or discrimination and it is important for employees to understand their employment rights and legal protections. Gary Bennett of GAB Law Firm in Mississauga has helped countless employees and businesses who are experiencing discrimination and harassment in the workplace. What is workplace harassment? Workplace harassment can generally be described as improper and unwanted conduct directed to an employee. It can include acts, comments, or other displays that demean, … Continue reading
For many years clients have been turning to Gary Bennett in Mississauga for advice related to labour and employment law. His depth of experience includes working with both businesses and employees and unions to providing perspective and insightful legal advice. Mr. Bennett understands that finding a lawyer you trust can be challenging and offers the following tips and considerations. Why you need an employment lawyer Employment-related issues such as terminations, non-competition agreements, workplace discrimination or harassment, wages and benefits, health and safety, and family and medical leaves often lead to disputes between a business and an employee, or employees. Employment … Continue reading
Bill 148 became law in Ontario in November 2017. It changes several existing statues, including the Employment Standards Act 2000. There are numerous changes. Not all of them will be easy to comply with. Many of them will change the way employers do business. All of them will enhance the protections given to employees. Below is a summary of some of the key changes that we see impacting our Mississauga ON clients. Changes already in effect As of November 27, 2017 Employers cannot require employees to wear high heeled or other elevated footwear unless it is required for safety reasons. … Continue reading
As the Cannabis Act takes effect, there is a great deal of confusion, especially regarding medical marijuana. Several clients at our Mississauga ON practice have asked how the new legislation will impact the rights of employees as well as employers. The short answer is that essentially, it doesn’t. Medical marijuana in the workplace has been an issue for employers since the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) law passed in 2001. The Cannabis Act which is expected to come into force in July 2018, is specific to recreational use. However, with legalization and de-stigmatization, the issue is becoming more common, and … Continue reading