October 30, 2020

I firmly believe that “just cause is not a lost cause”; courts will uphold summary dismissal in appropriate circumstances. However, we all know that the threshold is high, so it is critical that employers not undermine their position through their words or actions at the time of termination.

October 27, 2020

Failing to get the right advice on a severance package can be a costly mistake for both employers and workers, says Toronto-area employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner.

Rudner, founder and principal at Rudner Law, says job dismissals are complicated and making assumptions when it comes to termination obligations can lead to expensive mistakes.

It’s no longer simply an issue of being compliant – it’s about using your employment contracts and HR policies strategically to realign, and potentially save, your business.

HRD Canada spoke to Stuart Rudner, founder of Rudner Law and speaker at UKG’s upcoming webinar, “Strategic Use of Contracts and Policies.”

October 22, 2020

“Many employers make the mistake of taking the position that they have just cause for dismissal, but wait for a convenient time before executing,” says employment lawyer Stuart Rudner, author of You're Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada. He was commenting on the decision in Abrams v RTO Asset Management, which saw the employee receive more than $300,000, equivalent to 24 months’ salary and other compensation.

October 13, 2020

Toronto employment lawyer Stuart Rudner speaks with Mel about the new sick leave benefit, which provides 10 days of paid sick leave to any worker who falls ill or must isolate due to COVID-19.

October 6, 2020

In the case of Suen v. Envirocon Environmental Services, ULC, the British Columbia Court of Appeal confirmed that not every change to a parent’s work schedule will amount to discrimination on the basis of family status. The Court confirmed that in order for a change to a parent’s work schedule to be considered discriminatory, the change must cause “a serious interference with a substantial parental or other family duty or obligation.”

September 28, 2020

Although a lot of things have changed over the last few months, one thing that has not is that attending at work is not optional.

September 17, 2020

We still regularly encounter the presumption that employment law is easy, or that it is all common sense. As a result, many lawyers assume that they are capable of providing proper advice to their clients when it comes to employment law issues. Unfortunately, one common result is that employers mistakenly believe that they have contracts in place that will protect them, only to find out, when it is too late, that the contract is deficient in material ways.

Recent racial turmoil is a grim reminder to employers to address their workplace discrimination policies and to be proactive in their processes, says Ontario employment lawyer Nadia Zaman.

September 10, 2020

At this point in the crisis, simply being exposed to the risk of COVID-19 isn’t grounds for a worker to sue their employer, said Stuart Rudner, founder of Canadian employment law firm Rudner Law.