The war is over (and you’re fired)! In the history of questionable dismissals of employees, the saga of journalist Edward Kennedy has to rank near the top of the list. Over 65 years after his firing, his former employer has apologized. (In PDF) Is excessive Internet use time theft? It is now common [...]
On May 17, 2012, the Province of Nova Scotia adopted Bill 86, the NewPage Port Hawkesbury Pension Plans Act in response to a request by members of Local 972 of the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The Act extends the life of four underfunded defined pension plans for the employees of the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury pulp and paper mill.
In the employment setting, there is a constant tension between an employer’s desire to control its image and employees’ rights to be free from discrimination and to freely express themselves. While it is generally accepted that an employer may impose appearance-based requirements if it establishes a legitimate business reason for the rule, it seems hard to believe that an employer could justify refusing to hire a person based on their physical appearance. However,…
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal decided in February that an injured worker who was receiving workers’ compensation benefits up to his termination was not entitled to any further benefits as of the date of his termination. Does this seem fair?
The National Post recently presented the interesting case in which a New Jersey judge must decide whether someone can be “electronically present” in a car, even if they physically aren’t there, and, if so, whether the person can be held liable for events that take place, or that are caused by their electronic presence.
Beware of terminating long-term employees without proper notice The Ontario Superior Court of Justice decided that an employer terminated a 65-year-old long-term employee without the proper amount of notice or severance. As a result, the employer had to pay hefty damages, interest and costs awards. Entitlement to paid sick leave and termination pay [...]
Most employers in Ontario are aware that the Employment Standards Act imposes standards on employers with respect to the treatment of employees. However, many are not aware that they are required to display a poster issued by the Ministry of Labour titled, “What You Should Know about the Employment Standards Act.” This poster, which can be downloaded from the ministry’s website, advises employees of their rights with respect to employment standards of hours of work, wages, public holidays and more…
In our continued efforts to provide our readers with valuable and easy-to-use information on the topics that matter, First Reference introduces Inside Internal Controls, a new blog on all things governance and risk management! Follow Jeffrey Sherman, FCA, Ron Richard, Maanit Zemel, myself and others, as we discuss corporate governance, finance and accounting, [...]
We are very pleased to announce the two newest additions to our growing team of experts! Alison J. Bird will discuss labour and employment law, and Amery Boyer will discuss broad human resources issues for the Atlantic provinces.
On Monday May 21, 2012, most Canadians get a day off work with pay on what is called Victoria Day.