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Sign Termination Releases with Care

If you’ve ever been dismissed, you may have experienced something like this: your manager calls you into a meeting and delivers the bad news. He or she presents you with a termination letter that says something about severance pay. Attached to the termination letter is a Release for you to sign. The manager tells […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Employment Law|Comments Off on Sign Termination Releases with Care|

Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

All workers in British Columbia are protected against bullying and harassing conduct of others in the workplace. WorkSafeBC has introduced rules that require all BC employers to implement anti-bullying and harassment statements, policies, and resolution procedures, in every workplace. Every worker – from employees to contractors, and from casual labourers to executive managers – […]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Employment Law|Comments Off on Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace|

Non-competition clauses can lead to extra notice

Often in our practice, we come across employment contracts that contain “non-competition” clauses.  The purpose of these contractual terms is to prevent the employee from going out after the employment is terminated (and during the employment) and either setting up a competing business, or working for the employer’s competitors.  The employer is concerned that […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Contracts, Mitigation, Reasonable notice|Comments Off on Non-competition clauses can lead to extra notice|

Employer’s Finances Are Not Relevant to Reasonable Notice

The Ontario Court of Appeal was recently asked to consider whether an employer’s financial circumstances are relevant in a wrongful dismissal action. Do financially-challenged employers get to provide less reasonable notice to their wrongfully dismissed employees? The answer is no, according to the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Anderson v. Haakon Industries (Canada) Ltd., held that […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Damages, Employment Law, Reasonable notice, Wrongful dismissal|Comments Off on Employer’s Finances Are Not Relevant to Reasonable Notice|