Bonus Issues on Resignation or Termination of Employment

The General Rule In the absence of a contract which says otherwise, a terminated employee may usually claim their expected salary over the notice period and also any other benefits which would be expected over this time period. These additional claims may include pension credits, car allowances, and also any anticipated bonus payments which would […]

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The Duty to Investigate

A recent decision in British Columbia[1] has drawn fresh attention upon an important issue in employment law. The Fundamentals An employer who makes allegations of serious misconduct against an employee must conduct an impartial investigation into the questioned conduct of the employee. The failure to do so will not only weaken the evidence of wrongdoing […]

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Employee or Independent Contractor

It is often a perplexing and frustrating task to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. What is at Stake The consequences of the worker being an employee is that they are then entitled to the protections offered by numerous protective statutes. This can be of enormous significance to the worker […]

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Mass Terminations

The recent sad news of the closing of the General Motors plant in Oshawa raises once again the need to be aware of Ontario’s protective laws on mass terminations. Keep in mind that Ontario law by statute allows for minimum notice and severance pay. Ontario “common law” or judge-made law also provides for potential increased […]

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