Deconstructing Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal can be complicated. Just what is it? And what can you do if you find yourself in a constructive dismissal situation? Let’s take a closer look: What is Constructive Dismissal? It is a situation in which your employer does not directly terminate you, but unilaterally changes significant parts…

Mental Illness in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

Fostering a safe, healthy environment that prioritizes wellbeing is important for every business. When your workplace is psychologically healthy, your people are productive, contributing members of the team. However, in Canadian society, mental health is a growing issue: approximately one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their…

A Beginner’s Guide To Workplace Investigations

Workplaces work when people feel safe, included, and free to pursue opportunities based on their merit. They work when sound rules, processes, and procedures are followed — by everyone. Discrimination, harassment, exclusion, conflicts of interest, and other infractions create unsafe and/or unfair work conditions and may result in investigations. What…

Returning To Work After Mat Leave? 3 Things You Should Know

Congratulations, you’ve just welcomed a bundle of joy into your life! Now that you are preparing to go back to work, you may also be a bundle of nerves. It is certainly an adjustment, and some worry is to be expected. One concern you should not have to contend with,…

Got a New Job Offer? 3 Items to Review in Your Employment Contract

When you’re about to start a new job, you may experience a flood of thoughts and emotions. Excitement. Eagerness. Trepidation. Perhaps a bit of anxiety. But one feeling you should not have, especially when it comes to your employment contract or offer letter, is confusion. Before you sign, make sure…

How is Social Media Impacting Workplace Relationships

In the spring of 2012, I was privileged to be part of the committee that put together a two-day special lecture series on employment law and the new workplace in the social media age.   We spent two days on a variety of topics ranging from privacy issues, social media network…

Are wrongful dismissal damages dependent on the state of the economy?

As Canadian headlines continue to speak of a deteriorating economic climate employers and employees are wrestling with how this will impact our workplaces. In the case of Michela and St. Thomas of Villa Nova Catholic School the Ontario Court of Appeal heard of an employer’s declining financial situation which lead…

Bonuses, Bonuses, Bonuses

A recent decision of an Alberta trial judge in Styles vs. Alberta Investment Management Corporation may be a game changer for employees when it comes to collecting incentive based pay after dismissal. Most incentive plans (bonuses, stock options, and restricted share units) include restrictive language often requiring that employees be actively employed…

Warning: This story contains offensive language

We have seen this cautionary note repeatedly in the last few days as the social and regular media have lit up after a CityNews female reporter was harassed while interviewing Toronto Football Club (TFC) fans outside of the stadium.  The language used was so vulgar that an acronym sprung up…

Age Discrimination

With longer life expectancies and the end of “mandatory retirement” the Canadian workforce is aging. It is increasingly common for employees to delay retirement and continue working well beyond age 65 – the age at which workers historically were expected to retire and leave the workforce.  For a variety of…

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