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New Twist in Wrongful Dismissal for Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment at the workplace is a difficult problem for HR managers to deal with.  It often involves an allegation by one employee against another employee, and sometimes there is…

Both Parents of Twins Entitled to EI Benefits

Both Parents of Twins Entitled to EI Benefits

   There was an interesting Board of Referees decision last week involving a claim by parents of twins for unemployment insurance benefits.  The Globe and Mail did a front page story on it…

When is cursing at your Employer “Wilful Misconduct”?

When is cursing at your Employer “Wilful Misconduct”?

Under both the common law and Employment Standards legislation, employees are generally entitled to notice of termination.  However, in both regimes, the employee may forfeit that entitlement by engaging in…

Mass Dismissal of ‘Non-Employees’ at Bruce Nuclear

Mass Dismissal of ‘Non-Employees’ at Bruce Nuclear

There’s a peculiar news story in today’s Toronto Star describing how ‘dozens’ of ‘contract workers’ had been dismissed by Bruce Power Corp for misuse of the internet. The story gives…

Guest Blog: Wozniak on Dismissing Employees

Guest Blog:  Wozniak on Dismissing Employees

     Last week I noted an interesting case out of Ontario called Stowar v.  Telehop.  That’s the case in which the HR Manager made an error in the termination letter, offering…

Is a ‘stripper’ an ‘employee’ or an ‘independent contractor’?

Is a ‘stripper’ an ‘employee’ or an ‘independent contractor’?

Here’s a topic we consider in Week 2 of my Employment Law course week.   Is a worker an ‘employee’ or an ‘independent contractor’?  The answer matters significantly in employment law,…

Employment Standards Act Exclusions: The “Crown” Exclusion

When I teach employment standards legislation, we always spend some time going through the multitude of exceptions in the legislation, workers to whom all or part of the legislation does…

Can a Nonunion Employer Install Secret Video Cameras to Watch Employees?

Last December, the Ontario Superior Court issued an interesting decision that I am just now getting round to posting. The case is Colwell v. Cornerstone.  The facts are straightforward.  The…

The Law and Ethics of Notice of Termination

The Law and Ethics of Notice of Termination

In the Star Saturday, there was a short and basic discussion of what employees should do when they are dismissed and are offered a severance package by their employer.  This…

New Game: What’s Illegal?

I have played this sort of game before when we looked for the illegal questions in the job applications of Starbucks and Coach.  Now let’s try it with a video clip…