Constructive Dismissal Update: 2014 Decisions

By , November 21, 2014 12:11 pm

I am often asked whether a change in employment (or more than one change) is a constructive dismissal. If so, the employee can quit and claim damages for pay in lieu of notice of termination. If not, the person receives no damages. It is an all or nothing proposition. And that is why employment lawyers Continue Reading…

Human Rights Update: Owner of hunting lodge ordered to pay seasonal employee who had a workplace injury almost 3 years pay  

By , November 18, 2014 3:17 pm

The Facts Tammy Pelletier worked as a housekeeper at a hunting lodge for six months each year. She was a seasonal employee and earned $ 13 per hour. On July 1, 2013, Ms. Pelletier was injured at work. On September 10th she told the owner of the lodge that she was able to return to Continue Reading…

Occupational Health and Safety Update: Chief Prevention Officer Issues Annual Report

By , November 17, 2014 4:46 pm

On October 30, 2014 Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer submitted the “Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario: 2013-14 Annual Report” to the Ontario Minister of Labour. This Annual Report includes the following information: Size of the Ontario Workforce In 2013, 6.88 million workers were employed in Ontario. Over the last four years, employment has increased at Continue Reading…

Preventing Legal Fires: Employment Contracts, No Discrimination Policies and Disability Management Programs

By , November 11, 2014 10:38 am

I have been providing employment law advice to employers for over 25 years. I provide preventive advice and I put out legal fires. When I provide the former services I am a solicitor and when I provide the latter I am a barrister. For various reasons, small employers are generally reluctant to pay a solicitor Continue Reading…

Jian Ghomeshi: Legal Shades of Grey Part 2 – CBC’s Investigation

By , November 10, 2014 5:51 pm

Janice Rubin, a lawyer and a workplace investigator has been retained by the CBC in the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi affair. Her mandate (or terms of reference) are reproduced in a recent article by Brian Lilly. Ms. Rubin’s mandate raises a number of interesting legal questions: 1. Ms. Rubin can only talk to people Continue Reading…

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