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Category: Employee Benefits

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…

Court of Appeal Gives Clarity to Termination Clauses

By , March 3, 2017 9:43 am

As we have written in the past, the enforceability of termination clauses is a hotly contested area of employment law. Employers who draft proper termination clauses in employment contracts can significantly limit their liability when terminating employees. A termination clause that is poorly written will not be enforced by a court. If the clause is 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…

Fixed Term Employment Contracts Still A Bad Idea

By , January 11, 2017 3:07 pm

We’ve written before on how fixed term employment contracts are not a good idea. A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirms the law on this point so far, and serves as yet another lesson to employers considering offering such a contract to temporary employees. Ballim v Bausch & Lomb Canada Inc. Continue Reading…

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