Understand what your employment contract means before you sign it!

By , February 2, 2016 1:16 pm

So you have just been offered a job and your prospective employer has asked that you sign an employment contract before you start. Should you have it reviewed by a lawyer first? The language used in most employment contracts takes away your legal rights. A lawyer can explain which rights you are giving up under Continue Reading…

Should You Disclose Your Disability?

By , January 26, 2016 9:06 am

Should you Disclose your Disability? We receive calls from employees with disabilities who are looking for accommodation at the workplace. Generally, an employer has a duty to accommodate its employees. The following case illustrates how far this duty goes. Bellehumeur v Windsor Factory Supply Ltd. The Facts The Windsor Factory Supply (WFS) had been accommodating Continue Reading…

Are Repeated Compliments Sexual Harassment?

By , January 19, 2016 10:31 am

Despite increased media attention to the issue, sexual harassment and sexual assault continue to occur in the workplace. In a recent decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario addressed the problem of unwanted compliments and touching in a real estate brokerage. The Case In Panucci v. Seller’s Choice Stockdale Realty Ltd., the applicant was a self-employed Continue Reading…

Should you Accept that Severance Package?

By , January 8, 2016 10:00 am

You were terminated from your job.  Your employer offered you a severance package.  Is it fair?  The answer to this question often turns on whether you previously signed an employment contract.  More specifically, did you sign an employment contract that has an enforceable termination clause? Termination Clauses A termination clause is a section of an Continue Reading…

Employers Must Honestly Negotiate Employment Contracts

By , January 7, 2016 10:00 am

We previously reported on the duty of honesty created by the Supreme Court. In 2014, the Supreme Court held that the duty of honest performance requires the parties to a contract not to lie or mislead each other and to generally perform contractual duties reasonably. In 2015, the courts applied this to negotiations on employment Continue Reading…

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