Promotions and Revisiting the Employment Contract

Employment agreements must be revisited and re-negotiated when an employee has been promoted to a more senior position. This issue is often overlooked by employers. Failure to Revisit Can be Costly This is exactly what happened in a recent decision out of Saskatchewan. The plaintiff had been hired as a staff architect and had signed […]

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New Laws for Federal Employees Coming Soon

The Canada Labour Code (the “Code“) regulates businesses under federal jurisdiction such as television and radio stations, inter-provincial trucking companies, railroads, banks and the federal government itself. The employment of roughly 11% of Ontario’s workers falls within the scope of federal law. A number of important changes are due to come into effect soon, dealing […]

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Substantial Punitive Damages Awarded for Employer Conduct

A recent decision from British Columbia has awarded a substantial sum of punitive damages. Such an award is intended to punish for outrageous and intentional wrongdoing. It is usually quite difficult to obtain. On this occasion, the trial judge set the damage award at $110,000. Aggravated damages are also additional damage sums which are awarded […]

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Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts

Some employers attempt to “contract-out” of common law civil remedies by mandating that the employee submit all issues arising on termination to an arbitration process. The advantage to the employer is that this process is not open to public scrutiny, as is the case in a civil claim. All “pleadings” in a civil case are […]

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