Employee with One Year of Service Awarded Eleven Months of Notice

Employers often believe that offering fixed-term contracts to staff can reduce severance or termination costs. While this may be true in some cases, the reality is that fixed-term contracts often carry significantly more risk than a well drafted employment agreement for indefinite employment, as illustrated in Elder v. Max Wright Real Estate, 2023 ONSC 5661 […]

How Not to Terminate an Employee

terminated employee putting work items in a box

As illustrated in the recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision Chu v China Southern Airlines Company Limited, 2023 BCSC 21, efforts to unfairly deprive employees of their severance can be more expensive than the severance itself. In this case, the employer’s conduct both before and after termination resulted in an award of aggravated and punitive […]

Addressing ‘Quiet Firing’ in The Workplace

The newly emerged concept of quiet quitting has gone viral on social media. For the purpose of this blog, ‘quiet quitting’ occurs when an employee stops being engaged in the workplace and taking initiative in their work, fulfilling only the bare minimum requirements of their assigned tasks. Essentially, the employee disconnects emotionally from their job.  […]

Lessons Learned from Lisa LaFlamme Termination

The recent and abrupt termination of News Anchor Lisa LaFlamme from CTV News has garnered significant media attention, largely for the manner in which her termination was handled. Shortly after CTV News issued a media release stating that a business decision had been made to terminate her employment, LaFlamme unexpectedly shared her own Twitter video […]

Employer Faces Harsh Consequences for Falsely Alleging Cause

Just Cause Termination

Employer Faces Harsh Consequences for Falsely Alleging Cause Courts have increasingly demonstrated a willingness to penalize employers for asserting just cause without basis. In Humphrey v. Mene, 2021 ONSC 2539, the Ontario Superior Court went a step further, and found that even though an employer had abandoned its just cause allegations, it could no longer […]

Risky Business: Importance of Consistent Messaging in Terminating Employees

Terminating Employee Case

Important of Consistent Messaging in Terminating Employees A recently released decision by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal serves as a reminder to employers to stand by their decision when asserting just cause.   In Abrams v. RTO Asset Management, 2020 NBCA 57 (Abrams), a 55 year old employee with approximately thirty years of service was terminated […]

Top 10 Employment Law Cases and Developments of 2018

1.  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”) Came into Effect 2018 started off with a bang as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”) came into effect on January 1, 2018. Bill 148 resulted in the most significant amendments to Ontario’s employment legislation, the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”), that the province had seen […]

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