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Serious insight for serious situations.

Employee entitlement to time off on federal election day

It is election time once again!  In just a few short days millions of Canadians will be rushing to the polling stations to cast their votes to determine Canada’s next Prime Minister. With October 19, 2015 just around the corner, we felt it was a good time to remind both employees of their rights and

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Employer whose conduct was “outrageous,” “cheap,” and “mean” ordered to pay terminated employee $100,000 in punitive damages

When I first started practising employment law many years ago, there was a phenomenon known as “building a case for cause”.  When you represented an employee, as I often did at the time, you could always tell when an employer was trying to do this.  After a lengthy and often unblemished tenure of employment, your

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Happy anniversary! An employment lawyer’s perspective on employment anniversaries

On July 8, 2015, I celebrated my 2nd year anniversary of practicing law with my colleagues at Rubin Thomlinson. As a lawyer in my 18th year of practice, I have celebrated many anniversaries, however, this most recent one caused me to pause and think about the importance of anniversaries in the employment law realm. I

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Snow day! Inclement weather and challenges for HR

For much of Canada, this winter has been severe and seemingly never-ending.  Toronto has just come through a February that didn’t see the temperature climb above the freezing mark even once; and as I type this, the 24-hour forecast calls for 5-10 centimetres of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain – and, obviously, very treacherous

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The “boomerang employee” – Think before re-hiring the “comeback kid”

This past weekend, I was fascinated to read Leah Eichler’s story in the Globe and Mail about “Boomerang Employees.”  Having never heard the term, I was interested to learn that it refers to an employee who leaves an organization only to later return to that same organization for a second term of employment, presumably after

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I’ve won the lottery!

Ok, not literally.  But if you have kids who have gone to overnight camp, you know what I mean – it’s like being at adult camp.  And this year, my kids decided that they wanted to go for the whole summer!  When I share this with people and see the corresponding looks on their faces,

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