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Probationary Clause Gets Employer Into Hot Water

By , February 14, 2017 8:57 am

Including a probationary period clause in an employment contract is not a good idea unless your organization is prepared to assess the suitability of the employee during the probationary period. Failure to do so can result in your organization being ordered to provide a probationary employee with common law reasonable notice of termination. This blog Continue Reading…

Incentive Compensation Plans: Court Considers Evidence of the Parties’ Conduct After a Contract is Signed to Assist in Contractual Interpretation

By , January 31, 2017 9:01 am

From time to time, employers change their incentive compensation plans for some of their employees – especially sales and marketing personnel. It may be the result of a change in market conditions. It may be in response to the organization’s growth rate or as a result of a reorganization. And sometimes these written agreements are Continue Reading…

Are terminated employees entitled to their unpaid bonuses?

By , January 30, 2017 4:18 pm

We have previously written about when employees have been found to be entitled to receive their bonus at the time of termination. To recap, when an employee is terminated without cause, they are entitled to receive notice or pay in lieu of notice. Wrongful dismissal damages are intended to place the terminated employee in the same financial Continue Reading…

Damages for Reprisal under Occupational Health and Safety Act

By , January 20, 2017 2:25 pm

It should be common knowledge that changes were made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“the OHSA”) that have been in effect since September 8, 2016 (and if it’s not common knowledge, you haven’t been reading our previous blogs on the subject). One of these changes allows employees who have been sexually harassed at Continue Reading…

Wrongful Dismissal Update: The Number of Damage Claims Being Awarded By Trial Judges are Going Up

By , January 17, 2017 8:45 am

Once upon a time, employees did not sign employment contracts with termination clauses and employment lawyers fought over the appropriate “reasonable” notice period.  In 2017, employees now often claim, among other things, wrongful dismissal damages, human rights damages, moral or Wallace damages, punitive damages, and damages for the intentional infliction of mental stress. By way Continue Reading…

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