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Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

One cannot both breach and benefit – employer precluded from relying on termination clause it breached

Employers are often advised to act cautiously when dismissing employees, particularly when those employees are subject to enforceable termination provisions.  Hasty decisions to terminate based on unfounded allegations of “just cause”, or careless applications of “without cause” termination provisions, may result in unintended consequences.  Specifically, employers may find themselves: exposed to liability for bad faith,

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Particular problems with making bald allegations against dismissed employees

As justification for offering reduced termination packages to departing employees, employers often make bald and generalized allegations of misconduct and/or substandard performance. Although this aggressive approach sometimes has its advantages during the preliminary phases of negotiating a termination package, employers may face unintended consequences if the matter subsequently becomes litigious. The Supreme Court of Canada

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The Truth About Defamation in Workplace Terminations

There are a number of “piggyback” claims that we see as part of wrongful dismissal claims against our employer clients – intentional infliction of mental distress; discrimination contrary to human rights legislation etc. Amongst these “piggyback” claims is defamation. An employee may claim that the employer (through one or more of its employees) has made

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Dependent Contractors Receive 26 Months’ Pay In Lieu Of Notice

The common law in Ontario, relating to dependent contractors, is now well established. Employment relationships exist on a continuum; with the employer/employee relationship at one end of the continuum, and independent contractors at the other end. Between those two points, lies a third intermediate category of relationship, now termed “dependant contractors”. Like employees, dependant contractors

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