Employment and Insurance Law Blog


Sears Canada: Hardship Fund & Government Response

by Samfiru Tumarkin


Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 5:00 pm


$500,000 ‘Hardship Fund’ Created for Sears Canada Employees In response to a growing public outcry and social media firestorm, Sears Canada Inc. has announced that a $500,000 ‘hardship fund’ will be created for the 2,900 former employees who were terminated in June without severance. Money for the fund will be pulled from the $9.2-million retention… Read more »

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Tip Out Policy: Did Lone Star Pull the Trigger?

by Samfiru Tumarkin


Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 1:55 am


Tip Out Policy Change It is common in the restaurant industry to have a “tip out” policy for servers and bartenders. Tip out policies require servers and bartenders to give a certain percentage of their tips to be pooled and shared among the rest of the staff at the restaurant, including kitchen staff and host… Read more »

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Siemens Canada Closes Plant, Cuts Workers

by Samfiru Tumarkin


Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 4:50 am


Siemens Canada Closes Plant, Cutting 340 Jobs Hundreds are out of a job after Siemens Canada announced Tuesday, July 18 2017 that its Tillsonburg wind blade plant would close permanently by early 2018. This closure will see 340 jobs eliminated. 206 are being laid off immediately, while the remaining 134 are being phased out throughout the… Read more »

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Working Notice: When Medical Leave Is In Play

by Stan Fainzilberg


Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 4:20 am


Samfiru Tumarkin LLP is proud to announce that a recent Superior Court decision favoured the firm and its client, and confirmed the principle that working notice does not count when an employee is not at work due to medical factors. More importantly, McLeod v 1274458 Ontario Inc. serves as an important reminder that an employee has the right… Read more »

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Sick Note Ban: Open Season on Sick Days?

by Jon Pinkus


Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 4:42 pm


New legislation in Ontario would make the sick note for workplace absences go the way of the dodo, payphones, and the neighbourhood milkman. Legislation proposed to take effect in January 2018 would ban employers from requesting a doctor’s note from ill employees who use up to 10 sick days a year. In a recent news… Read more »

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