Employment and Insurance Law Blog

The Pros and Cons of Fixed Term Contracts

by Chris Justice

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 9:20 pm

In today’s economic climate, there are a growing number of employees who are being hired pursuant to fixed-term as opposed to indefinite-term contracts of employment.  The idea of only committing to hiring an employee for a specified period of time may seem particularly appealing for many employers. Reasons for this approach could include situations where… Read more »


Maternity Leave in Ontario: Rights, Expectations and Entitlements

by Jennifer Corbett

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most exciting events in one’s life, and thankfully, our employment laws (for both provincially and federally regulated employees) allow new parents to take significant time off work for parental and maternity leave in ontario. At the same time, the news of becoming pregnant brings it… Read more »


Don’t Touch My Wages! Withholding Pay from Employees

by Stan Fainzilberg

Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 8:02 am

At Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, we often hear our employees telling us about employers withholding pay or deducting monies from their pay. “My employer is withholding monies from my pay cheque”. “My employer says that I went on too long a lunch and is deducting the time from my wages”. “My employer doesn’t want to pay… Read more »


Bullying in the Workplace

by Lauren Berdock

Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Hostility in the workplace destroys employee morale and productivity. For this reason, it is imperative that employers to be proactive and create an environment where employees are encouraged to speak out if they feel victimized. Unlike name-calling in the playground, workplace bullying can take on many forms and is not always quite so overt. In… Read more »


Severance for Salespeople

by Jon Pinkus

Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Like all other employees, those working in sales whose employment is terminated without cause are entitled to be paid severance. However, it has become an increasing practice in today’s economy for employers to classify their salespeople as “independent contractors”, and then pay these salespeople through separate corporations without making the statutory withholding required for employees,… Read more »