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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Servers, Bartenders & Severance Pay

Many people employed in the service industry, such as servers, barbacks and bartenders receive a considerable portion of their pay in the form of gratuities. Often the question asked on a termination claim is whether this income described as “tips” should be included in a severance claim. The answer to this question is a definite […]

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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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A Fatal Flaw can Render an Employment Contract Moot

Employers work hard to find an employment contract that is enforceable, usually in an attempt to minimize severance claims. It is clear that the employer may indeed “contract-out” of the common law severance claim based on the implied term to provide reasonable notice. There are a host of roadblocks in its path to success, however, […]

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