Articling Student Wins Aggravated Damages Award

One would expect that a law firm would be well versed in how to treat its employees fairly and respectfully. Like many cases in employment law, many employers fall short of this standard. When the employer is a law firm, it attracts unnecessary attention to the case, particularly one which has attracted an award of […]

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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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The Right to Vote & Employment Issues

Ontario residents will be headed to the polls on June 7, 2018. All voters should be aware that every employer must ensure that every employee is allowed time off work to vote, as set out in the Election Act. Three Hour Time Span Every employee must have three consecutive hours off work to be able […]

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Avoiding the Employment Contract Part 3

This is part three of our ongoing analysis of key issues in written employment contracts. Even where an employment contract is legal and enforceable, there remain employee remedies which the contract cannot take away. Human Rights Remedies Ontario law prohibits an employer from acting unfairly towards any employee based on certain protected human rights. These […]

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