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Category: Employment Law Updates

Employer ordered to pay An Employee $ 100 000 for committing the Tort of Harassment

By , March 13, 2017 9:41 am

On a number of occasions I have written about the new types of damages that judges are awarding terminated employees. This blog discusses a case where a trial judge awarded an employee $ 100 000 general damages because the employer committed, among other things, the tort of harassment. Merrifield v The Attorney General There are 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…

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…

AODA Update: New Regulation Taking Effect July 1, 2016

By , June 27, 2016 11:56 pm

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) is constantly changing. So when there has been yet another change to AODA it takes all of my energy not to cover my ears and yell “LAH, LAH, LAH” at the top of my lungs. Employment Standards Regulation: January 1, 2017 The most important amendment to AODA Continue Reading…

Why An Oral Employment Contract is a Bad Idea

By , June 23, 2016 8:30 am

We’ve written before on the importance of requiring new hires to sign an employment contract which contains a termination clause. In a recent decision from British Columbia, one employer learned this lesson the hard way. James v The Hollypark Organization Inc. The Facts The Hollypark Organization Inc. was run by Mr. Dhillon, a 25-year old Continue Reading…

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