No Termination Without Cause for Federally-Regulated Employees

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 6-3 that employees of federally regulated industries, such as banks, telecommunications, and airlines, are now assured of a job for life unless there is just cause for termination or their position becomes redundant. Wilson v Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., 2016 SCC 29. At common law, non-unionized […]

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Terminating a Fixed-Term Contract

In Howard v Benson Group Inc., 2016 ONCA 256, the Court of Appeal found that an employee who is employed under a fixed term employment contract that does not provide for early termination without cause is entitled to payment of the unexpired portion of the contract on early termination of the contract. John Howard was […]

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Dismissal During a Probationary Period

In Nagribianko v Select Wine Merchants Ltd, 2016 ONSC 490, the Ontario divisional court clarified the meaning of a probationary period. In this case, Alexander Nagribianko signed an employment contract with Select Wine Merchants Ltd. (“Select”), which expressly provided for a 6-month probationary period. A few days before the expiry of the probationary period, Select […]

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