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Category: Employee Terminations

Case Study: Why You Need to Periodically Review Your Employment Contract

By , October 11, 2017 9:08 am

A well-drafted employment contract is the best employment law investment an employer can make. It protects an employer from significant liability and will usually save thousands of dollars in termination costs. An employment contract should be reviewed periodically because judges are refusing to enforce termination clauses if they are not drafted properly. In a recent case, Covenoho 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…

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…

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