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Nov 10, 2016

Proceed With Caution: Enforcing Restrictive Covenants is an uphill battle

Many employers want to prevent employees from pursuing their customers when or if the employee moves to a competitor. The bad news is that formaliz...

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Oct 20, 2016

By Kelsey Orth

Premature Ending not a Happy One for Employer: Early Termination of a Fixed-Term Contract Leads to Significant Damage Award

We have written before on the perils of (mis)using defined-term contracts.  The issue we encounter in our practice most frequently is the repe...

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Jun 29, 2016

Court of Appeal Upholds Termination Clause without the Bells and Whistles

The Ontario Court of Appeal has written a very short but potentially impactful decision with respect to the drafting of enforceable termination pro...

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Apr 28, 2016

By Mike MacLellan

Coming Back to Bite You in the Butt: Wrongful Dismissal Claim Thrown Out Where Butt-Dials Revealed Employee Working for Personal Business on Company Time

It is an unwritten and implied term of every employment contract that an employee owes a duty of fidelity and loyalty to their employer.  Thi...

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Apr 21, 2016

By Susan Crawford

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes: Court Confirms Termination Clause that “Potentially” Violates ESA Not Enforceable

At CCP, we are big believers in the value of a well-written employment agreement to reduce liability at the point of a dismissal on a non-cause bas...

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Apr 14, 2016

Employer Ordered to Pay 37 Months’ Salary for Breach of Employment Agreement

The Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision last week that serves as a stark reminder to employers of just how critical a properly worded emplo...

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Apr 7, 2016

Finding the Right Fit: Employer Successfully Relied on Probationary Period in Employment Contract to Terminate with 1 Weeks’ Notice

A clear written employment contract can be an invaluable tool for employers looking to ensure that their permanent employees are a good fit within ...

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Feb 5, 2016

By Kelsey Orth

When Is A Contractor Not A Contractor? The Answer Can Be Costly For Employers

In Ontario the issue of employment status is analyzed by different criteria depending on the particular legislative context: for example, there are...

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Jun 18, 2015

By Kelsey Orth

No Bonus for You! Judge Enforces Clear Language Disentitling Terminated Employee from Bonus Payout

In a case argued by Susan Crawford of CCPartners, Judge S.A.Q. Akhtar upheld the contractual provisions of an employment agreement that prohibited ...

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Apr 16, 2015

Supreme Court of Canada Denies Leave to Appeal Lower Court Decision Upholding Termination Provision in an Employment Agreement

Over the last several years, termination provisions have been set aside by Courts for a number of reasons as employers have been held to exacting s...

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Dec 4, 2014

Employer Fails to Trigger Employee’s Duty to Mitigate

In Farwell v Citair Inc. (General Coach Canada) 2014 ONCA 177 the appellant, Citair Inc., argued that the trial judge made an error of mixed f...

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Sep 12, 2014

BC Court of Appeal Upholds Non-Compete Provision for Veterinarian Clinic

Courts across Canada have continuously debated whether professionals can use non-competition agreements to protect their practices, when hiring a j...

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Sep 4, 2014

Employers Can Contract Out of Post-Termination Bonus Obligations

One of the most hotly contested issues on termination is whether an employee is entitled to a bonus that would have been payable at a later date. O...

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Aug 21, 2014

Enforcing Termination Provisions – Things Not Getting Any Easier For Employers

CCPartners has blogged about the benefits of including termination clauses in employment agreements and the common pitfalls associated with draftin...

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Jun 26, 2014

Is the Termination Clause in your Company's Employment Agreement Enforceable?

It is common for employers to prepare written employment agreements containing termination provisions that seek to limit employee notice entitlem...

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Jun 17, 2014

By Rob Boswell

Ontario Superior Court: Employer’s Out-of-Province Payroll is Relevant to ESA Severance Pay Threshold

As a result of subsection 64(1) of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, certain circumstances of a dismissal trigger an obligation on the em...

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Jun 12, 2014

Wrongful Dismissal Notice Periods – Superior Courts do not set Precedents

In the recent decision, Kotecha v. Affinia Canada ULC, the Ontario Court of Appeal provided a useful reminder that trial level decisions are not bi...

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Apr 24, 2014

Without Cause Termination is not Necessarily ‘Unjust’ Under the Canada Labour Code

A recent decision has ruled that a valid employment contract can be used as a shield against a claim of unjust dismissal pursuant to the Canada Lab...

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Apr 3, 2014

Ontario Superior Court finds Executive Resigned from BlackBerry Ltd. in Violation of his Employment Contract

BlackBerry Limited v. Marineau-Mes is a refreshing case for employers that wish to hold their employees to the terms in their employment agree...

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