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Sean Bawden, is now a director of legal for a private company and blogging about work by an in-house lawyer which he calls “Labour Pain.” To read more click here.

Non-consensual sharing of intimate images grounds for summary dismissal

Can sharing intimate photos of one your coworkers with your friends result in the summary dismissal of your employment for cause?

 

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When worlds collide – The evolution of employment law principles in the termination of independent contractor relationships

To my mind, what Barresi demonstrates is that the line between employment law principles and “independent contractor” commercial law principles continues to blur. As the nature of what it means to be “employed” continues to evolve, so too must the law.

 

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“Failsafe” language fails to save termination provision

If a contractual termination clause provides for “the greater of” ESA entitlements and a set amount, will the guarantee of “the greater of” act as a failsafe if the rest of the provision is contrary to the provisions of the ESA?

 

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Employee has right to change mind about resignation: ONCA

Can an employee change her mind about resignation, if the impetus for such voluntary resignation ceases to be an issue, and the employee has not yet left employment?

 

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Conscionability of release not appropriate for resolution by summary judgment

Is the issue of the “conscionability” of a full and final release, signed as part of a severance negotiation and purporting to release claims to long-term disability benefits, the kind of issue appropriate for resolution by way of summary judgment?

 

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Frustration of contract can be resolved by summary judgment – Does not require a trial

Is a stated “desire” to return to work, at some point, and without more information, sufficient to rebut the medical evidence that a contract of employment has become legally frustrated?

 

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Court of Appeal confirms it can be reasonable to refuse new employment if new position is not comparable to position lost

Is it reasonable for an employee, slated to lose his or her employment as a result of the sale of part of his or her company, to refuse an offer of new employment with the purchaser of the business?

 

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Shareholders’ agreement all that matters for shareholder rights in wrongful dismissal analysis

What happens to an employee’s rights under a shareholders’ agreement if the employee is wrongfully dismissed?

 

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Employee entitled to vacation pay on “discretionary” bonus

When is a “discretionary” bonus to be included in the statutory definition of “wages”?

 

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OLRB rules that when it comes to severance it’s Ontario-based operations alone

In his application, Mr. Hawkes sought review of the January 25, 2017 decision of an Employment Standards Officer (“ESO”), who determined that he was not entitled to severance pay pursuant to section 64 of the Act.

 

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Arbitrator orders nurse who was caught stealing narcotics to be reinstated

Is it a discriminatory practice and potential breach of the Ontario Human Right Code for a nursing home to prohibit nurses from stealing narcotics?

 

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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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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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Top five cases of importance to Ontario employment law – 2018 edition

2018 has been, compared to some other years, relatively quiet with respect to employment law jurisprudence. Sometimes that can be a good thing.

 

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Slate not wiped clean by release in context of share sale

Can an employee extinguish his statutory right to severance pay by way of a full and final release signed in the context of a share sale?

 

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