How to prove mental distress

By , February 20, 2018 9:27 pm

As we have written before, if an employer mistreats an employee either during their employment or at the time of their termination, that employee may be entitled to aggravated damages (or damages for mental distress). The most common situation in which these damages are awarded is when an employee can prove they suffered mental distress Continue Reading…

Broader Protections from Harassment While Working

By , February 9, 2018 12:31 pm

Recently, the Supreme Court recognized the changing nature of employment relationships and that harassment and discrimination can occur at work whether coming from a boss, co-worker, or fellow contractor. The Case In British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62 Mohammadreza Sheikhzadeh-Mashgoul worked as a civil engineer consultant.  He worked on a job Continue Reading…

WSIB Benefit Changes Effective January 1, 2018

By , January 11, 2018 11:29 am

Claiming benefits through WSIB because of harassment or bullying at work just got much easier. Until very recently, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act only allowed employees to claim workers compensation benefits if they experienced traumatic mental stress at work. This was very difficult for employees to prove.  The law said that the stress had Continue Reading…

Recent changes to Employment Insurance benefits

By , December 11, 2017 10:00 am

In November of this year, Employment and Social Development Canada confirmed that new Employment Insurance (“EI”) parental, maternity and caregiving benefits will come into force effective December 3, 2017. We previously blogged about these proposed changes when the new EI benefits were being proposed in the federal budget. The changes that have been announced are Continue Reading…

ONCA Cautions Against Partial Summary Judgment

By , December 8, 2017 9:46 am

As I noted in an earlier blog, the Supreme Court in Hryniak v Mauldin, “rewrote the law on summary judgment” and opened the doors to a fast and cost-effective method of obtaining judgment for terminated employees. The courts since specifically recognized that straightforward wrongful dismissal cases are particularly well-suited for summary judgment. However, in the Continue Reading…

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