Perpetual Employment with Fixed-term Contracts: Am I An Indeterminate Employee?

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February 26, 2018
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The majority of workers in Canada are employed on a permanent basis, with an employment contract of indefinite duration; that is, with no specified end date. Recently, however, there have been interesting cases touching on a terminated employee’s entitlements when employed pursuant to a fixed-term contract.

Termination Clauses: Reading the Fine Print

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November 29, 2017
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In the event you are terminated, does your contract act in your best interest? Is the termination clause clear and unambiguous, and therefore enforceable? A recent case, Amberber v. IBM Canada Limited, illustrates the importance of thoroughly reviewing your employment contract, or having someone with expertise review it for you.

Promotion But No New Contract? That Old Contract May Not Apply!

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August 17, 2017
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What happens if your responsibilities and remuneration change so dramatically over the years that the fundamental nature of your employment is no longer the same? Are you still tied to your initial employment contract, including whatever notice and severance is found within, or do your entitlements change? A legal concept that helps answer these questions is known as the “changed substratum doctrine”.

Ottawa lawyers scuttle attempted condo board takeover

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July 19, 2017
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Three individuals tried to gain control of a Toronto condo board and its multimillion-dollar budget by manipulating the director election process, an investigation by Ottawa law firm Nelligan O’Brien Payne has found.

2016 Employment Law Year In Review

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December 19, 2016
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The law is forever changing. With every passing day and year, all levels of court throughout this country render decisions that have an immediate and pronounced impact on all of us. This has been an especially good year for employees. Without cause termination of federal employees not permitted The most significant employment law case to… Read more »

Do An Employer’s Financial Circumstances Affect Reasonable Notice Periods?

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November 30, 2016
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When an employer wants to terminate an employee without cause, it is required to do one of two things: give reasonable notice in advance of termination, or provide pay in lieu thereof [assuming the employee has no valid and enforceable employment contract]. But what happens if you are terminated because your employer is in dire financial straits? Are you entitled to less, simply because you were terminated as a cost-saving measure?