Where an employee is found to have failed to mitigate their damages, their entitlement to damages may be significantly reduced. So what happens if an employee is too sick to look for new work? Does that count as a failure to mitigate?
In 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice reiterated the importance of character of employment in Skov v G&K Services Canada, in which the character of the plaintiff’s employment was in question.
Employers across Ontario are double-checking their contracts since the Ontario Court of Appeal released its judgment in Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc., earlier this month. The court held that if an Employment Agreement contains a termination-with-cause provision that breaches the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), the termination-without-cause provision will be rendered unenforceable as well. This is true even if the employer was not relying on the for cause section and had proceeded on a without cause basis. Even a severability clause cannot save a provision in this context.