Costs Issues in Litigation

The Basics Legal costs in civil litigation is an important issue. Generally speaking a successful employee will be allowed “partial” costs against the employer. Similarly an unsuccessful employee will be required to pay the company’s costs. This issue has been reviewed in a prior post. Recent Scary Cases One Court of Appeal case[1] recently declined […]

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Mental Disability & Human Rights

The Basics Employers in Ontario are required to take reasonable steps to accommodate a disability, including a mental disability. This is often a difficult task for the employer as the obligation is indeed a strict one which must be provided unless there is “undue hardship” preventing this. Recent Case A court in Saskatchewan recently reviewed […]

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Canada Labour Code Release

The Remedy The Canada Labour Code applies to employees working in companies which are governed by federal, as opposed to provincial, law. This includes industries such as public broadcasting, railroads, trucking companies which cross provincial borders, banks, federal government employees and public harbours, to name the most evident. This law gives the right of arbitration […]

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Can Your Boss Access Your Computer Personal Records?

The issue of workplace privacy rights is heating up. The Usual Contract Term Many companies require its employees to sign an agreement by which management is given the right to inspect from time to time as it desires all records made by its staff members on its computers and laptops. This often applies even if […]

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