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Category: Departing Employees

How to Spot a Resignation

By , July 31, 2017 10:16 am

Contrary to popular belief, it is not always easy to know when someone has resigned. Even if an employee uses words such as “I quit,” a court may still find that the employee has not truly resigned. An employer in Alberta learned this lesson the hard way.  Carroll v Purcee Industrial Controls Ltd. (“PIC”)  Mr. Carroll worked for 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…

An update on mitigation: What happens when a wrongful dismissal case gets to court while the employee is still unemployed?

By , April 3, 2017 8:42 am

The Basics A wrongful dismissal occurs when an employer does not provide enough notice of termination. An employee can claim damages equal to the remuneration the employee would have earned during the applicable notice period. During the notice period, an employee is subject to the “duty to mitigate,” which means they must look for alternative Continue Reading…

Preparing an Employee Severance Package: Five Reasons to Hire A Lawyer

By , March 31, 2017 1:29 pm

A lawyer can explain your obligations under the Employment Standards Act. Did you know there are employees who are not entitled to vacation pay, overtime pay, termination pay and severance pay under this law? For employees who do not work a regular work week did you know there is a formula to determine how to Continue Reading…

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…

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