Accommodating Disabled Employees: Can an Employee Demand to Work at a Different Workplace?

By , May 3, 2016 9:15 am

Accommodating Disabled Employees I have written a number of blogs on the challenges associated with accommodating employees with mental disabilities. I have also blogged on the new obligations that were imposed on employers with 50 or more employees earlier this year with respect to disabled employees including the requirement to prepare a written accommodation plan. Continue Reading…

How much Notice of Termination is a Probationary Employee Entitled to Receive?

By , April 26, 2016 9:00 am

I draft employment contracts for most of my employer clients. When doing so I always ask whether the employer wants to include a probationary period clause in the contract. A recent case highlights some of the issues that arise when there is a probationary clause in an employment contract. In this particular case, an employee who Continue Reading…

Fixed-Term Employment Contracts are a Bad Idea

By , April 19, 2016 8:38 am

I do not like fixed-term employment contracts and have written a number of blogs  on this topic. This blog summarizes a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal that reinforces my aversion to fixed-term contracts. Facts Mr. Howard signed a written employment contract with a five-year term and 23 months later his employer, Benson Group Inc., Continue Reading…

Disability Insurance and the Uncooperative Employee

By , April 13, 2016 10:00 am

Do you have an employee who is absent because of a medical issue, but will not provide the necessary paperwork to a third-party disability insurance provider? We often get calls from frustrated employers who are unsure how to proceed when such a situation arises. A 2015 case from the Ontario Superior Court offers employers some Continue Reading…

Disabled Employee Earning $ 22 000 Per Year Awarded $ 110 000 Damages

By , April 5, 2016 9:57 am

In my experience, many employees are now claiming more than one type of legal damages in wrongful dismissal cases. This is particularly the case when the employee is disabled. A recent Ontario case is a good example. The Facts Ms. Strudwick worked for an employer that recruited individuals to participate in focus groups. She was paid Continue Reading…

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