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Anything goes with job contracts

March 13, 2008 | Comments Off on Anything goes with job contracts

Canadian employers often protest that workplace laws favor their employees. My view is otherwise. Most employees lack the necessary bargaining leverage or sophistication to renegotiate unfavorable contract language. Should confrontation ensue, a well-drafted employment contract … Read More


More on unpaid overtime class action suits – Law Times Article

March 3, 2008 | Comments Off on More on unpaid overtime class action suits – Law Times Article

Unpaid overtime. It is the issue at heart in two pending class action suits against major Canadian banks, CIBC and Scotiabank. The Law Times recently published an article updating readers on the current situation regarding … Read More


Lawyer faces criminal charges after clients act on his advice

February 27, 2008 | No Comments

Similar to the employers’ obligation to provide advance notice of termination, employees must provide advance notice of their resignations, assuming there is no such contractual term that specifies another amount. The amount of notice is dependant on how long it would reasonably take the employer to find a suitable replacement. While wrongful resignation lawsuits in Canada are rare (proving a tangible economic loss is the reason), employees must still be careful.
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At-will workers refused the right to sue for fraudulent inducement

February 14, 2008 | No Comments

Canadian employees are not subject to at-will employment.  But their American counterparts are: Kenneth Smalley and four other plaintiffs were fired when their former employer The Dreyfus Corporation, terminated their employment without cause after the … Read More


Sexism alledged by former Bell execs

January 16, 2008 | Comments Off on Sexism alledged by former Bell execs

A lawsuit and Human Rights complaint alleging gender discrimination has been filed by two women previously employed by Bell Canada. Fran Boutilier and Alison Green were recruited and hired on as vice-presidents in 2004. Their … Read More


Scotiabank becomes the newest class action defendant

December 12, 2007 | No Comments

Scotiabank has become the latest big Canadian bank to defend a class action lawsuit. A claim of $350 million against Scotiabank was announced in a press conference yesterday morning. It claims employees were routinely given … Read More


A new voice coming to the Tube?

December 7, 2007 | Comments Off on A new voice coming to the Tube?

Emma Clarke might not take London’s Underground to her next job. Ms. Clarke was the voice of "the Tube" since 1999. She recently posted audio clips mocking her own voice recordings used by the Tube. … Read More


Case of mistaken retirement

November 22, 2007 | No Comments

How do you beat your ex-employer in court but ultimately collect little or no damages? Ask Leo Magnan. Magnan succeeded in proving that he was wrongfully dismissed but failed to collect the true value of … Read More


Settling before trial can lead to big savings

November 19, 2007 | Comments Off on Settling before trial can lead to big savings

Cost of civil trial can be $60,000 in Ontario
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Head scarf issue leads to head ache

November 12, 2007 | No Comments

Canadian entrepreneur Sarah Desrosiers, is facing a legal battle after she denied employment to Bushra Noah because Noah would not abandon her traditional headscarf and display her hair if hired to work in the salon. … Read More