Employment Insurance & Wrongful Dismissal Claims

Employment insurance benefits present tricky legal issues for employees engaged in litigation for wrongful dismissal. A claim for EI may be made on the termination of employment, and generally, people will make that claim while in litigation over the termination itself. Eligibility will commence after a two week waiting period and will begin after recognition […]

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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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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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Teenage Intern Awarded $75,000 for Sexual Harassment

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has awarded a teenager employed as an unpaid intern at a tattoo parlour the sum of $75,000 in compensatory damages for sexual harassment. The owner of the business had pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the same conduct. The only issue was the amount of […]

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