The Apology Act is lesser-known piece of Ontario legislation which came into force in 2009. The Act allows defendants in a civil proceeding to communicate sorrow or regret to the other party, without their apology being used against them later in court.
Misconduct at work is typically met with discipline or, if particularly bad, perhaps dismissal. There are occasions, however, where employee misconduct will also merit criminal charges.
Wrongful dismissal claims are the bread and butter of employment lawyers. We deal with a wide variety of issues, from complex litigation involving harassment and discrimination to proactive work like drafting contracts and policy manuals. However, many clients come to us because they need to pursue or defend a claim that, at its core, is focussed on the amount of notice or dismissal, or pay in lieu thereof, that the former employee is entitled to.