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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Summary Judgment Appropriate in Wrongful-Dismissal Cases

In the recent decision in Aylsworth v The Law Office of Harvey Storm, 2016 ONSC 3938, the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed the employer’s appeal of a summary judgment motion, siding with a legal assistant in a wrongful dismissal action. This decision highlights the importance and appropriateness of summary judgments in cases where the facts are […]

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Family Status Human Rights Violations in the Workplace

In the recent case of Miraka v ACD Wholesale Meats Ltd., 2016 HRTO 41, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal confirmed that ‘family status’ is a protected ground under the Human Rights Code. The applicant, Jolando Miraka, alleged that his employer terminated his employment because of his family status- and disability-related absences from work. Mr. Miraka […]

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