Hicks Morley’s Jacqueline Luksha was featured on the CBC News Network with Andrew Nichols on October 17, 2018 discussing issues that employers and employees are facing in light of Wednesday’s legalization of cannabis. Questions that Jacqueline responded to in this feature include: Does legalization mean that employees are entitled to consume cannabis in the workplace? What should employers be keeping in…

Hicks Morley is pleased to announce that Stephanie Ramsay has joined the firm as an associate in our Toronto office. Stephanie advises public and private sector employers on a range of labour and employment issues, with a focus on human rights and accommodation, workplace harassment, wrongful dismissal defence litigation, employment standards, employment contracts and workplace policies.

The Fall 2018 issue of OMHRA’s ECHO newsletter features two articles co-authored by Hicks Morley lawyer Jessica Toldo.

In the article “Considerations for Municipal Employers When Drafting Termination Clauses in Employment Contracts,” Jessica discusses the importance of municipal employers having a clear and well-crafted termination provision to minimize the risk that a reviewing court will find the clause to be unenforceable, should litigation arise and highlight five key considerations when drafting termination clauses in light of some important developments in the case law.

The second article authored by Jessica, “HRTO Determines Requiring Proof of Eligibility to Work in Canada on a Permanent Basis is Discriminatory,” reviews a recent case where the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found that a pre-employment ‘permanence requirement’ was discriminatory on the basis of the applicant’s citizenship.

Hicks Morley’s Jacqueline Luksha discussed the implications that the legalization of cannabis will have in the workplace on the CBC News Network with John Northcott on October 10, 2018. Jacqueline explains the obligations of both the employer and the employee, and provides tips on how employers can prepare for the October 17th legislation.

The September 17, 2018 issue of Labour Notes® newsletter features an article authored by Hicks Morley lawyer Siobhan O’Brien. In the article “Court of Appeal Outlines Key Principles On Suspending Employees With and Without Pay,” Siobhan discusses how the Ontario Court of Appeal provided valuable guidance regarding constructive dismissal, investigative suspensions of employees without pay and proper damages…

Hicks Morley’s Lauri Reesor was quoted in the September 2018 edition of Canadian Lawyer InHouse in an article titled, “Navigating Sexual Harassment in a #MeToo World.” With the initiation of the #MeToo movement, allegations of sexual harassment are being brought forth exposing high-profile individuals at an unprecedented rate. Lauri notes that she is “seeing an increase in the number of internal complaints that are being made” involving corporations. “People are feeling empowered to come forward.” This opens an organization’s policies, procedures and investigative techniques to scrutiny.

Hicks Morley has been recognized in Chambers Canada 2019 Guide for Employment & Labour – Nationwide and Ontario, and Pensions & Benefits – Nationwide. The firm receives praise from clients for giving “sound advice and explaining things in a business-friendly way,” as well as for its “very strong bench” as well as its “technical expertise and promptness.”

Congratulations to our lawyers who have been recognized as notable practitioners in Chambers Canada 2019.