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ONCA Affirms an Offer of Employment by the Purchaser of Business Assets to an Employee of the Seller is Valid Consideration for a New Employment Contract

Posted in Common Law Severance, Employment Agreements, Employment Standards, Termination, Transactions, Wrongful Dismissal

In Krishnamoorthy v. Olympus Canada Inc., 2017 ONCA 873, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that s. 9(1) of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), deems there to be continuity of employment for the purposes of the legislation only, and does not displace the common law rule that an offer of employment by the purchaser of the assets of a business is valid consideration for a new employment agreement.


In May 2000, Nadesan Krishnamoorthy began employment as a senior financial analyst with Carsen Group Inc. (“Carsen”). About five years later, in 2005, Olympus Canada Inc. … Continue Reading

Hiring Seasonal Workers for the Holidays? 10 Things Employers Need to Know

Posted in Employment, Employment Agreements, Employment Standards, Hours of Work, Occupational Health and Safety, Overtime, Pay, Recruiting, Retail, Seasonal/Temporary Employees, Termination, training, Wage and Hours

As retailers and other seasonal employers gear up for the holiday rush, many hire additional temporary staff to ensure they are ready for crowds of shoppers and extended holiday hours.

In preparation for this time of year, we made a list (and checked it twice!) of issues that Ontario seasonal employers should keep in mind in relation to these employees:

Recruitment & Hiring

  • Avoid Human Rights Concerns in Interviews. When hiring employees to work during the holiday season, it may be tempting to ask questions which directly or indirectly result in the disclosure of information relating to the prohibited
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Doing Business in Canada 2016: Read the latest updates to our popular guide

Posted in Employee Obligations, Employment, Employment Agreements, Employment Standards


McCarthy Tétrault’s Doing Business in Canada provides a user-friendly overview of central aspects of the Canadian political and legal systems that are most likely to affect new and established business in Canada. The newest edition reflects legislative changes including:

  • Changes to the Competition Act and Investment Act Canada;
  • and an updated Mergers and Acquisitions chapter including new rules on takeover bids in Canada.

General guidance is included throughout the publication on a broad range of discussions. We also recommend that you seek the advice of one of our lawyers for any specific legal aspects of your proposed investment or activity.… Continue Reading

Are the Tides Finally Turning? Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Termination Provision Providing Only for “Notice” Under the ESA

Posted in Contractual Termination Provisions, Employment Agreements, Employment Standards, Termination

In a recent case, Oudin v Centre Francophone de Toronto (“Oudin”), the Ontario Court of Appeal has offered potential relief to employers whose contractual termination provisions provide an employee with only his or her minimum “notice” entitlement under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”).

The State of the Law Prior to Oudin

As a general principle, if an employer wants to limit an employee’s entitlements upon a without cause termination to the minimums established by the ESA, the contractual provision must ensure that the employee will be provided with at least their ESA minimum entitlements to notice, … Continue Reading