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Employees dismissed during a probationary period may still be entitled to notice of termination

A recent decision of the Ontario Small Claims Court, Cao v. SBLR LLP, calls into question the practice of dismissing probationary employees without notice. The business practice being that any employee that cannot demonstrate their fitness for the position for which they were hired during a contractual probationary period can be dismissed without any notice of termination, if the dismissal occurs within three months of the employee’s employment.

Employer references in the age of privacy

The law around references given to prospective employers by ex-employers is changing. This paper is an update of what the law is now. (In PDF)

Mistake in renewal contract led to constructive dismissal

When an employee was constructively dismissed over an innocent (but very unfortunate) administrative error, her employer owed her termination pay, according to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. She sought overtime pay, too, but the board found none owing, despite evidence that she had frequently worked more than her regular hours.

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Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B. Managing Editor

Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 18 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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