Recent judgments have muddied the waters on the importance of considering the relative sophistication of employees in determining the enforceability of termination provisions in employment contracts. Employee sophistication had previously been considered in interpreting whether termination provisions were valid, on the premise that inherent in the employer-employee relationship is an imbalance of power. This consideration may not be as significant in light of recent developments in case law.
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When it comes to employment contracts in Ontario, details and specifics matter. The myriad of nuances that can dramatically affect liability and risk make employment contracts a topic that we often receive questions about. This Employment Contract FAQ covers some of the most common questions.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ontario, many employers temporarily laid off employees or reduced their compensation because business revenues plummeted. This blog considers the legal implications of these layoffs and reductions in compensation under the Employment Standards Act and at common law.