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Employee induced to leave his employment and terminated six months later awarded six months’ pay

Greenlees v. Starline Windows Ltd. demonstrates the willingness of courts to award longer notice periods to short-term employees, particularly when the conduct of the employer induces the employee to leave his previous employment.

 

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Court awards six months’ pay in lieu of notice to employee terminated after six months

In this case, the BC Supreme Court awarded an employee six months’ pay in lieu of notice after he was induced to leave his job for a new position, only to be dismissed six months later.

 

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Choice of law provisions: Application of the Ontario Employment Standards Act to international employees

Can an employer and employee agree by contract that the laws of Ontario, Canada will apply to terms of their employment relationship, even if: (a) the employee works and is physically situated in in Los Angeles, California; and (b) the company is a New Jersey company with its head office in the State of Connecticut?

 

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Termination clauses: Not just for indefinite employees

In a recent decision, Ontario’s Divisional Court reminds us of the importance of proper termination clauses in fixed term contracts. In Ferguson v. Mitsche & Aziz Inc., the Divisional Court upheld a Small Claims judgment awarding the maximum $25,0000.00 limit in damages to an employee who was dismissed five months into her one-year fixed term contract.

 

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Law firm loses to ex-lawyer over unpaid vacation and holiday pay

This decision in this case affirms that entitlements and obligations need to be clearly outlined out in employment agreements. Courts will almost always resolve ambiguities in favour of employees.

 

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Will a judge enforce the termination clause in your organization’s employment contract?

Although it is theoretically possible to limit an employee’s rights on termination to ESA minimums, it is difficult to do so in practice because trial judges are reluctant to enforce them.

 

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Q&A: Laying out progressive discipline in the employment contract

Does progressive discipline need to be expressly written into the employment contract? If yes, do all steps need to be laid out in writing? Or is it on a case-by-case basis?

 

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Putting on the brakes: Ontario courts are limiting the scope post-dismissal mitigatory earnings

Employers must be aware that it is now an increasingly risky strategy to fight a wrongful dismissal case on the hopes of saving money via employee mitigation of loss.

 

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The non-competition clause – Drafting and cautionary notes

A non-competition clause (or non-compete clause) is a passage in an employment contract which purports to prohibit employees from working for another employer or starting their own business which competes with their employer during and after employment.

 

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Remote workers: Pros, cons and tips

Workflow and infrastructure will need to adjust if employees are working remotely. The more paperless and automated, the easier it is to make the transition to remote work. Video conferencing, phone calls and some sort of in-person meeting on a regular basis are all good practices to make sure that employees working from home still have an opportunity for in-person communication with other employees.

 

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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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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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Entitlement to bonus after dismissal: The debate continues

Employers would be wise to review their current agreements and policies with respect to bonuses and ensure that any eligibility requirements upon termination are clearly set out and have been expressly communicated to employees.

 

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Top 10 most-read First Reference Talks blog posts for 2017

This year on the First Reference Talks blog we’ve been covering some of the hot topics in employment and labour law and employee management. Apart from the issue of cannabis in the workplace, there seems to be varied topics making it on the list this year. Here’s the full top 10 list of the most-read First Reference Talks blog posts from our regular bloggers for 2017:

 

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Ontario Court of Appeal confirms offer of employment is consideration after an asset sale

This case is a useful reminder that in asset sales, as opposed to share purchases, the purchasing employer is not obligated to hire all the vendor’s employees.

 

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