By : whittenlublin | Category : Cause for Dismissal, Damages for Bad Faith, Mental Distress and Personal Injury, Reasonable Notice, Wrongful Dismissal | Comments Off on Employee Bonuses
12th Sep 2012
Employees don’t always get the bonus they deserve. Seldom will this amount to a successful lawsuit.
Veteran investment banker Kenneth Mathieson was well rewarded in his good years. In 2005, he earned a bonus of $1.1 million. However, when his employer, Scotia Capital, decided that he deserved only $360,000 in 2006 – the lowest bonus he had ever received – Mathieson believed the bank was attempting to force his resignation. He wasn’t about to go quietly. more
Unfortunately, I’ve learned that we cannot always expect others to treat us fairly, reasonably and decently. But when it comes to being terminated from a job, employers are legally required to behave in such a manner. A 1997 Supreme Court of Canada decision – which is considered to be one of the most influential employment law decisions to date – established the standard requiring employers to treat employees with good faith and fair dealing at the time of their termination. more
Despite having just lost her job, Kelly Stowar must have been elated. As an administrative employee, Stowar was not entitled to more than a few weeks’ severance. Instead, however, she was given a letter by her former employer, Telehop Communications, stating that she would be paid five months’ salary. Stowar signed her name on the space provided, indicating she was satisfied with the contents of the letter, and left the Toronto area office to go home.