October 10, 2019
As we approach the federal elections, it is important that employers understand their obligations and employees understand their rights when it comes to voting.
October 6, 2019
On September 1, 2019, several changes to the Canada Labour Code came into force. These changes impact a number of labour standards including breaks and rest periods, vacation and vacation pay and leaves of absence.
September 3, 2019
In the recent case of Unifor, Local 2215 and I.M.P. Group Ltd. (AB), Re, a Nova Scotia Arbitrator upheld the termination of an employee for cause and confirmed that progressive discipline is not “an invariable rule that must be followed in all cases regardless of the circumstances.”
August 12, 2019
When companies overlook an over-qualified visible minority for one that’s the “right fit", it can lead to potential discrimination.
July 3, 2019
Are employers allowed to ask employees to cover up visible tattoos while on the job? Generally speaking, employers are entitled to set the rules of the workplace. However, there must always be a balance between personal rights and legitimate business interests.
July 3, 2019
The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released a decision confirming that courts will not be fooled by different corporate structures when an employee has, in reality, been employed with the same employer for years.
June 25, 2019
Losing a job is nerve-wrecking for most people. Employees must be careful, however, because they have a duty to mitigate their damages by taking reasonable steps to find comparable employment. Otherwise, their entitlement to damages for wrongful dismissal may be substantially reduced.
June 21, 2019
In many cases, having parties greet each other and spend a brief period of time in the same room helps to personalize the matter. That said, I always invite counsel to let me know if, due to the nature of the case or other circumstances, this would be counterproductive.
June 12, 2019
Employers are required to accommodate individuals to the point of “undue hardship”, where the need for accommodation relates to a ground protected by human rights legislation.
June 6, 2019
While being terminated from one’s employment can undoubtedly lead to emotional upset, the law does not recognize mental states that fall short of injury.