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Top 10 Employment Law Developments in 2017

By , December 4, 2017 1:43 pm

In 2017, the provincial legislature and Ontario judges continued to change Ontario’s employment laws. These changes resulted in higher payroll costs and a more regulated workplace. This blog briefly identifies 10 employment law developments from the past year. 1.Changes to the Employment Standards Act. Many changes were made to this law in November. Most of these Continue Reading…

Employer Alert: Employment Contracts May Need to Be Amended Because of a Recent Court of Appeal Decision

By , August 22, 2016 10:09 am

Bonus plans in employment contracts are a great way to motivate, reward and retain employees. Many of these bonus plans have built-in conditions that must be met before these bonuses are paid out. For example, an employee must be actively employed at the time the bonus is paid. Increasingly, the courts are being asked to Continue Reading…

Bonus payments: Are terminated employees entitled to bonuses that have not been paid?

By , January 11, 2016 11:54 am

Bonus Plans Many employers use bonuses and incentive plans to motivate, reward, and/or retain employees. Often the money paid under these plans becomes an integral part of the employee’s compensation plan. The $64 000 Question For the purposes of this blog we will assume your organization offers employees a bonus or incentive payment as part Continue Reading…

Wal-Mart Employee Awarded $250,000 in Moral Damages and $500,000 in Punitive Damages

By , January 23, 2018 9:00 am

When deciding whether to settle a case, a lawyer assesses the risks and uncertainties inherent in the litigation process including the quantum of damages that a judge will likely order for each head of damages claimed. I call this litigation risk.   As I have written before, employees seldom claim only wrongful dismissal damages in an Continue Reading…

Alberta Court of Appeal Denies Incentive Compensation to terminated Employees; Ontario Court of Appeal Does Not

By , June 6, 2017 4:31 pm

As we have written in the past, there is significant legal uncertainly as to whether an employee is entitled to receive incentive compensation during the common law reasonable notice period. An Alberta Court of Appeal decision appears to have rejected the Ontario Court of Appeal’s approach to interpreting incentive compensation plans for terminated employees. The Continue Reading…

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