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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with terminating independent contractors, offering a promotion without a pay increase and BC’s new employer health tax.

 

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There’s a tidal shift happening in human rights – Are employers ready?

The intolerance brought on by the #MeToo movement is being mirrored in Human Rights Tribunal decisions across the country as awards for damages relating to sexual harassment show an upward trend. There are also other changes brewing in human rights law, particularly in Ontario. A recent decision on age discrimination and benefit coverage may require significant amendments to employer benefit plans and resulting costs to employers.

 

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Not so constructive feedback: Employer’s unilateral changes result in constructive dismissal

In Robinson v. H.J. Heinz Company of Canada LP, Stinson J. found that the Plaintiff, a long term employee of the Defendant, had been constructively dismissed when the Defendant progressively stripped responsibilities from her position after a merger.

 

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Escalating damage awards for employees at the HRTO

It would appear that there is an increasing willingness on the part of the HRTO to grant significant monetary awards to discriminated employees.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with police record checks, the notice period in termination clauses and new pay transparency legislation in Ontario.

 

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Why employers shouldn’t use severance calculators

Determining the period of reasonable notice is an art not a science. In each case trial judges must weigh and balance a catalogue of relevant factors.

 

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Termination of employment does not terminate ability to apply for LTD benefits

The case discussed in this article is important because it is a common concern of those who become disabled that they will cease to have access to LTD coverage if their employer terminates their employment before LTD benefits commence. What this decision appears to stand for is the proposition that it does not matter when employment ends, it matters when the injury or illness commenced.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with CPP and QPP upcoming changes, breaching the duty of care to a customer, and employee theft.

 

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$200,000 awarded by the HRTO for sexual harassment and assault of vulnerable employee

Employers would be well-advised to implement strong anti-discrimination, harassment and workplace violence policies which include provisions regarding processes, investigations and training.

 

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Singer strikes back: Court of Appeal awards damages for lost bonus over 17 month notice period

There are several important takeaways from this decision for both employers and employees. The first is that the Court will carefully review bonus documentation for the parties’ intention to remove any entitlement after termination.

 

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Ontario court overturns just cause dismissal and awards over $97,000 in damages

It is acknowledged by the courts that a just cause dismissal in employment law is tantamount to “capital punishment in the criminal justice system.” While just cause dismissal does require that a high threshold first be established, it will, in certain circumstances be an appropriate and necessary response.

 

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What happens to employment contracts when an employer sells the assets of its business?

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has confirmed that in an asset sale, a purchaser’s offer of employment to a seller’s employee can constitute consideration for changes in an employment contract — including a new termination clause.

 

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Claiming constructive dismissal as an independent contractor

Can independent contractors claim damages for constructive dismissal? In a decision released March 7, 2018 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Barresi v Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc., 2018 ONSC 837, the answer to that question was essentially yes. Facts The case concerned a commercial real estate broker, Barresi, who was retained […]

 

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Revoking telecommute agreement a constructive dismissal

Employers should seek legal advice to ensure they are not altering essential terms and conditions of employment in attempts to improve performance. This is especially the case when dealing with long term employees who have never received negative feedback on performance or been subject to performance management.

 

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26 is the new 24 (Reasonable Notice)

The result of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s January 2016 decision of Keenan v. Canac Kitchens Ltd., which established, at this court level, for the first time that 26 months was reasonable notice in exceptional circumstances, thus confirming to the lower courts that there is no 24-month cap on notice.

 

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