Significant Damages of $200,000 for Reprisal and Assault in Termination Case

 A recent Ontario Superior Court decision has added more fuel to the fire of cases in which substantial damages have been awarded, over and above the normal severance claim. In this instance, once again, the employer could have easily reduced the damage award had it taken prompt and fair steps to investigate and act to […]

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Reprisal Remedy by Statute

Ontario has certain statutes (i.e. laws) which provide powerful relief to employees who have been terminated or otherwise adversely treated due to their compliance with the terms of statute. The term used to describe this is “reprisal”. OHSA One such example is the Occupational Health and Safety Act which creates reporting requirements of unsafe working […]

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Sexual Harassment Claims and new Workers’ Compensation Law

Sexual Harassment & Workers’ Compensation The pending amendments to Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Act, to be effective January 1, 2018 basically lowers the threshold for a claim based on emotional trauma where the worker has suffered “chronic or traumatic mental stress” arising out of and in the course of employment. This new law may have a […]

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Workplace Investigations

Workplace Investigations There are many circumstances mandating an investigation of workplace issues, including allegations of harassment, discrimination, vandalism, or a safety issue. Employees should be aware that employers are obligated to conduct investigations in certain circumstances, and should understand the basic ins and outs of such investigations. Human Rights In any case alleging a human […]

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