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Jan 27, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada Broadens the Scope of Summary Judgment Proceedings - Will this be a Game Changer in Wrongful Dismissal Actions

A summary judgment is a procedure used during civil litigation to promptly and expeditiously dispose of a case without a trial or the pre-trial pro...

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Jan 23, 2014

2013 IN REVIEW – A Look Back at the Cases and Legislative Changes that Impacted your Workplace

2013 saw a number of important decisions and legislative changes in the area of labour and employment law.    Over the course of the...

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Dec 19, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

Pension Benefits Cannot be Deducted from Employee Entitlements on Termination

Last week the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a ruling to clarify what has been an unsettled issue in employment law.  In a wrongful termina...

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Dec 9, 2013

By Jay Rider

Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Employer But What Your Employer Must Do for You!

This is the message being sent to the labour relations community by arbitrator Lyle Kanee in a very recent award (re Communications, Energy and Pap...

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Dec 5, 2013

Court prohibits “forum shopping” by terminated employee, dismisses wrongful dismissal claim

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “Act”) provides a mechanism through which employees may file employment standards complaints wi...

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Nov 28, 2013

$450,000.00 Punitive Damage Award – A Cautionary Tale for Employers

After a winding ride through our court system the case of Pate v. Galway-Cavendish has most recently received attention from our Court of Appeal wh...

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Nov 7, 2013

OCA Upholds Restrictive Termination Clause for Senior Level Employee

Many employers who seek to limit their liability upon termination of an employee introduce termination clauses that strictly limit an employee&rsqu...

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Oct 31, 2013

Wrongful Dismissal Leads to Human Rights Damages

For the first time, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has awarded human rights related damages in relation to a wrongful dismissal action. The ...

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Oct 17, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies Employment Insurance Act: No Double Recovery for Having Twins

On June 27, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada refused to grant leave to appeal a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal which held that a couple ca...

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Oct 10, 2013

Constructively Dismissed Employee Ordered to Pay Employer $57,500.00 for Failure to Accept Re-Employment

On June 27, 2013 we blogged about the Ontario Superior Court’s decision in Chevalier v. Active Tire & Auto Centre Inc., where the Court f...

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Oct 3, 2013

Restrictive Covenants – Context Matters!

Payette v. Guay Inc. is the latest decision from our highest court regarding the enforceability of restrictive covenants.   The unanimous...

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Sep 18, 2013

Bankruptcy May be a Consideration in Setting Corporate Fine under Former Bill C-45 According to Top Court in Ontario $750,000 Fine Imposed

In the first appellate decision relating to the sentencing of a corporate defendant under the Criminal Code (formerly Bill C45), R. v. Metron Const...

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Sep 12, 2013

Employee to be Reinstated Based on Post-Discharge Evidence of Mental Illness Unknown to Employer at Time of Termination, Arbitrator Rules

In a recent decision, an Ontario arbitrator has reinstated an employee who was terminated for prolonged absenteeism pursuant to his collective agre...

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Sep 5, 2013

Breaching Confidentiality Clauses – Police Officer Must Return Settlement Award

Further to a recent blog by Michael MacLellan, the following case provides yet another important example of abiding by the terms of a negotiat...

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Aug 29, 2013

Has the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Broadened Employer Liability?

In a trio of decisions from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, released in the past 5 months, the Tribunal may have signaled a significant chang...

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Aug 22, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

The Value of a Well-Crafted Settlement Document - Journalist Ordered to Repay Former Employer for Violating Confidentiality Clause

One of the most useful tools in resolving any work-related legal dispute is a well-crafted settlement document.  Naturally, an employer may be...

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Aug 15, 2013

By Susan Crawford

Federal Court Says Employer Need Not Prove “Just Cause” Before Dismissing an Employee under s.240 of the Canada Labour Code

In what is being hailed throughout the labour community as a “game changing” decision, the Federal Court  recently broke with a 30...

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Jul 11, 2013

Arbitrator Determines that Accommodation Does Not Require Hiring Additional Staff to Perform Work of Disabled Employee

The recent arbitral decision in Hamilton Health Sciences v. Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2013 CanLII 36061 (ON LA) deals with the limits of r...

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Jul 4, 2013

By Mike MacLellan

Compliance with Temporary Layoff Provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000: Ontario Court May Signal a Shift in the Law of Constructive Dismissal

When an employer is facing tough financial times they may decide to implement temporary layoffs of some employees until the business can get back o...

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