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May 13, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

Mistake Is No Defence: An Employer’s Failure To Abide By Termination Language Repudiated The Contract, Even After They Tried To Comply

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice provides a stern lesson for employers who terminate someone’s employment without...

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Apr 29, 2021

By Charles Binns

Deemed Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Not a Bar to Common Law Constructive Dismissal Claims in Ontario

In what may be the first of many COVID-19 related constructive dismissal claims in Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice determined that employees...

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Apr 22, 2021

By Mike MacLellan

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Ontario Court Strikes Down Termination Language and Awards Generous Notice Period

This has been a common theme in recent months for the Employer’s Edge, but once again, an employer’s contractual termination language h...

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Mar 11, 2021

By Mike MacLellan

What were you Expecting? Ontario Court Rules that Pregnancy of Terminated Employee Extended the Reasonable Notice Period

By now you’ve read enough of our blogs to commit the common law reasonable notice of termination “Bardal” factors to memory: char...

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Feb 24, 2021

By Cristina Tomaino

Ontario Court Sets Sky High Bar for Job Abandonment

Although uncommon, from time to time employers may find themselves dealing with job abandonment. As the very recent decision of Hettrick v Triple F...

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Sep 10, 2020

By Kelsey Orth

Grievor Puts the “X” in “Ex-Employee”: Termination from Job at CRA Upheld by Federal Arbitration Panel

As many employers know, just cause is a difficult standard to meet, regardless of the jurisdiction under which you fall, or the forum in which the ...

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Jun 18, 2020

By Kelsey Orth

Quit or Fired? It All Depends on Context… and Documentation Helps Too!

A common argument that arises between employers and employees is one of “resignation vs dismissal”.  This is especially true where...

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Aug 1, 2019

I Take it Back! Ontario Court of Appeal Allows Employee to Withdraw Her Resignation

Facts In English v Manulife Financial Corporation, the Court of Appeal overturned the motion judge’s finding (previously blogged on by CCPart...

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Apr 11, 2019

By Susan Crawford

Court of Appeal Confirms Employer Hardball Tactics Support $125K in Extraordinary Damages

Last June CCP blogged about the risks employers face when they bring suspect counter-claims and make allegations of just cause that they can’...

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Oct 11, 2018

By Kelsey Orth

There is No “OT” in NOTICE – Court of Appeal agrees with Motions Judge that Employees not Expected to Look for Work in Their Sleep when Working Notice Provided

As you may know, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) has specific provisions governing an employee’s minimum entitlements ...

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Sep 27, 2018

By Cristina Tomaino

Be Careful What You Wish For: Ontario Court Holds that an Employee Cannot Rescind a Clear and Voluntary Notice of Resignation

In English v Manulife Financial Corporation, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered whether an employee who has voluntarily resigned may ...

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Aug 30, 2018

By Cristina Tomaino

Dismissed Employee Failed to Mitigate Damages by Choosing Retraining Over Re-Employment

In the recent case of Benjamin v. Cascades Canada ULC, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that an employee had failed to reasonably mitigat...

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Jul 19, 2018

By Cristina Tomaino

“I shouldn’t be telling you this, but…” – BC Judge Finds that Breaches of Confidentiality can Give Rise to Just Cause Dismissal

In a recent decision, the British Colombia Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of a long-service employee following a series of confidentiality brea...

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Mar 22, 2018

Court rejects employee’s obligation to accept new employment with strings attached, awards 26 months’ notice

In a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, two plaintiffs were each awarded wrongful dismissal damages in the amount of 26 mont...

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Feb 8, 2018

“Mean” Employer Behaviour leads to $750,000 Damages Award

It may not measure up to damage awards you’ll find south of the border but a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has s...

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Dec 14, 2017

To the surprise of NO ONE, using Vulgarity against a Co-worker even one time, was one time too many

A recent decision by Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench has provided support for employers who act swiftly in terminating an employee who...

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Oct 26, 2017

Court Finds Expectation of Bonus Not Reasonable When Employee Not Actively Working

A properly drafted employment contract that determines an employee’s entitlements upon termination can reduce the likelihood of protracted li...

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Sep 21, 2017

Employers - Be Cautious When Dismissing Employees Where Ulterior Motives Involving Union Politics May Taint a Harassment Complaint

In a recent decision, Arbitrator Slotnick commended the employer for taking a hard line against sexual harassment but also criticized the employer ...

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Aug 10, 2017

Court of Appeal Rules that Just Because Your Contract is Breached, it Doesn’t Mean you were Fired

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal stands as a reminder to employees that not all breaches of contract by the employer are sufficient...

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Nov 17, 2016

Summary Judgment Motions: Navigating their Increased Use in Wrongful Dismissal Claims

Recently, employers responding to wrongful dismissal litigation may have noticed a trend of plaintiffs seeking to resolve matters quickly by bringi...

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