Refusal to Return To Work Following a layoff is a Failure to Mitigate

October 17, 2013
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While a temporary lay-off can amount to a constructive e dismissal, declining an opportunity to return to work shortly after being laid off will result in a failure to mitigate unless the relationship between the parties was acrimonious and infused with animosity.

Terminating Older Workers

October 3, 2013
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In Canada, we have an aging workforce, and have been experiencing a period of economic downturn at the same time that mandatory retirement has come to an end. In addition, we have seen an increase in foreign ownership employers, who may not fully understand Canadian laws and workplace cultures. These factors have led to noticeable trends in how employers are dealing with terminations, especially those related to long service employees. The overall impact is that older workers are being unceremoniously shown the door after many years of faithful service.

Disappointing Decision for Federally Regulated Employees

September 19, 2013
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The relatively commonly held belief that the unjust dismissal provisions of the Canada Labour Code were intended to provide quasi union like protections for non-unionized employees has been turned on its head by the Federal Court, to the pleasure of employers and to the chagrin of employees.

Accommodation: It’s Not a New Idea, But it Still Gets People Into Trouble

September 12, 2013
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Employers have to accommodate people under Canadian human rights laws. The only exception is where doing so would be an undue hardship. This isn’t news, or at least it shouldn’t be, but employees are still being told their particular circumstances are too much trouble for an employer to deal with.

New Family Care Leave

August 29, 2013
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In March of 2013, Ontario Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi introduced Bill 21 to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to introduce three additional unpaid leaves of absence, including a Family Caregiver Leave.

Bring your own Device to Work – Increased Flexibility but at what Cost

August 27, 2013
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There is an increasing trend in the workplace, where employees bring their own devices (BYOD), usually smart phones or tablets, to work. In an era of cost savings and unprecedented rates of change in technology, employers are likely to view BYOD as an appealing way to lower costs. Employees want the flexibility of using the latest technology to do their jobs more efficiently while multi-tasking chores like personal banking and staying connected with their lives outside of work.

Out with the Old and In with the New – A Losing Strategy in the Workplace

July 31, 2013
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Rejuvenation may be a good tactic for a government trying to attract young voters and win an election, but it is a guaranteed losing strategy in the workplace. An employer setting out to freshen up the workplace by getting rid of older workers would quickly find itself the subject of a human rights complaint.