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Wrongful dismissal update: Recent case is a cause for concern

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It is increasingly difficult for employment lawyers to assess an employer’s potential legal liability in connection with an employee termination.

 

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Is 36 months the new 24?

For a long time, the common law notice period had an “unofficial” cap of 24 months, which was generally reserved for very long-service, senior level management. In recent years, things have changed and longer notice periods are becoming the norm.

 

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The ONCA’s decision in the Uber case and the (il)legality of arbitration clauses in employment contracts

Will an arbitration clause in an independent contractor agreement always be found to be illegal, if, notwithstanding that to which the parties ostensibly agreed, the worker can later allege that he is, in fact, an “employee”?

 

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Time as an independent contractor can be considered in the calculation of severance

This case demonstrates that employers need to know that if they hire their independent contractors into a genuine “employee” position, that time they spent as an independent contractor may be calculated in establishing their right to severance.

 

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Simply complying with the ESA not enough to rebut common law presumption of entitlement to reasonable notice – ON Divisional Court

Is the sole requirement to rebut the common law presumption of termination only upon reasonable notice that the contractual termination clause comply with the ESA, or is something else required?

 

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Potential reprisal complaint on the horizon? Act fast!

Where an employee may argue that they were terminated due to raising health and safety or workplace violence/harassment concerns, they have an avenue for redress open to them under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

 

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Ontario Court of Appeal upholds constructive dismissal – without pay suspensions must be justified

The first issue in Filice for the Court of Appeal was whether the without pay suspension constituted constructive dismissal. The Court first cited the two-branch test set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission (2015).

 

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La Cour d’appel de l’Ontario confirme la conclusion de congédiement déguisé – les suspensions sans solde doivent être justifiées

Dans l’affaire Filice, l’employeur avait des politiques prévoyant les suspensions sans solde et ces politiques furent considérées comme faisant partie du contrat d’emploi.

 

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Managing employer risk through employment practices liability policies

Litigation arising from employment disputes continues to be an active area of exposure for businesses. The most common claims are wrongful dismissal, harassment, or discrimination by an employer, fellow employee, or third party.

 

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“Keep your hands clean”: Ontario Superior Court rules that an unfairly terminated fiduciary may owe a lesser degree of post-employment fiduciary duties

Recently, in the case of Palumbo v. Quercia 2018 ONSC 503, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that the restrictions on soliciting clients of a corporation will not be as strict for an unfairly terminated fiduciary.

 

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Negligent misrepresentations during the interview process

The BC Court of Appeal decision in Feldstein v. 364 Northern Development Corporation provided employers with a reminder that negligent misrepresentation during the hiring process can prove to be a costly mistake.

 

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Changements majeurs au Code canadien du travail

Le projet de loi C-86, intitulé Loi no 2 d’exécution du budget de 2018 (la « Loi »), a reçu la sanction royale le 13 décembre 2018. La Loi apporte d’importants changements touchant les milieux de travail de réglementation fédérale assujettis au Code canadien du travail, dont la plupart entreront en vigueur de manière échelonnée en 2019.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with termination clauses, 2018-2019 payroll rates and changes to the Employment Insurance Act.

 

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Costs and legal tech

At SpringLaw we love legal tech and consequently a few recent cost decisions have caught our eye. In both Cass v. 1410088 Ontario Inc. (“Cass”) and Drummond v. The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. (“Drummond”) justices of the Ontario Superior Court made comments about artificial intelligence and legal research.

 

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