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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with managing disabilities in the workplace, workplace harassment and the decline of quality full-time work in Canada.

 

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You’ve wined them, you’ve dined them…and they’ve stood you up: What employers can do when jobseekers fail to commit

Although the interview process is generally quite stressful for employees, it’s no walk in the park for employers either. A lot of time, energy and resources go into courting a candidate. So, it’s fair to say that when a winner finally is selected and they’ve signed their shiny new employment contract, it hurts when they’re a no-show on their first day.

 

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Labour arbitrator grants interim protection for complainant of workplace sexual harassment

Since the onset of the #metoo movement, Canadian society has been paying attention to (and grappling with the consequences of) sexual harassment to a previously unprecedented degree. This increased focused is long overdue.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with workplace romances, longer notice periods and accommodating a disability.

 

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Aggravated damages are aggravating employers

Employers must be honest, candid and forthright with employees. Failure to do can result in a judge ordering an employer to pay an employee aggravated damages.

 

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Ontario Court of Appeal confirms 24 month cap on notice periods absent exceptional circumstances

For as long as I have been practicing, we have referred to a “24 month cap” of notice when it comes to reasonable notice of dismissal pursuant to common law.

 

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Failure to repeat termination clause after multiple promotions voids clause

In McKercher v Stantec Architecture (2019 SKQB 100), Justice Elson had a situation where at the time of his hiring as a staff architect, the plaintiff signed an enforceable contract limiting his notice to a maximum of 3 months.

 

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Court of appeal says no backpedaling allowed on employee resignation

Is an employer allowed to “re-hire” a long term employee on new terms if they retract their resignation? According to the Ontario Court of Appeal the answer seems to be yes.

 

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Top five things to consider when dismissing an employee

The decision to terminate an individual’s employment is not an easy one. At times, however, whether due to economic pressures, or poor performance, it may nevertheless be necessary.

 

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When sharing is not caring: The high cost of breaching confidentiality

Only a very small percentage of disputes proceed all the way to a hearing or trial. The vast majority settle at some point, for reasons that are fairly well known. One of the key reasons in many cases is confidentiality; often, the parties want to avoid a public hearing and a published judgment that sets out all of the intimate details of the case, as well as the findings of the judge with respect to fault and blameworthiness.

 

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Requiring agility – How much can an employer change job duties?

How flexible can employers expect their employees to be when it comes to having their roles and duties changed? And how important are these promises of agility in the employment contract?

 

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Failure to disclose planned layoff costs employer 22 months pay and 20K punitive damages

Mr. Jonasson, a 55 year old engineer with 22 years’ service with Nexen Energy was thinking about either retiring or taking a leave of absence. He decided to request a six month leave of absence. The employer agreed to his leave request if he entered into an agreement about the company’s obligations at the end of his leave.

 

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Supreme Court to hear arguments about enforceability of arbitration clauses

On May 23, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Uber Technologies Inc., et al. v. David Heller (the Uber Class Action). At issue is an arbitration clause in the Uber driver service agreement that requires all claims be arbitrated in the Netherlands, regardless of size.

 

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Common law reasonable notice of termination for independent contractors?

In the recent decision in Cormier v 1772887 Ontario Limited, an Ontario Superior Court judge stated that in some circumstances it would be reasonable to consider an employee’s years of service as an independent contractor in calculating his or her common law reasonable notice period.

 

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Laying of criminal charges after dismissal does not delay limitations period

In Sosnowski v McEwan Petroleum ( 2019 ONSC 1860) Macleod-Beliveau J. had a situation where the following chronology applied:

 

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