Harassment in the Workplace: Rights and Obligations

Not everyone loves going to their place of work every day. Maybe the commute is too long, or the air conditioner is always set extremely high, requiring bulky sweaters in July. But what happens when the source of the discomfort comes from negative comments, mistreatment or even harassment from coworkers? What is a person’s recourse […]

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A Fatal Flaw can Render an Employment Contract Moot

Employers work hard to find an employment contract that is enforceable, usually in an attempt to minimize severance claims. It is clear that the employer may indeed “contract-out” of the common law severance claim based on the implied term to provide reasonable notice. There are a host of roadblocks in its path to success, however, […]

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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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