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- Storing pornography on a work-issued laptop not “serious enough” to be cause for dismissal
Tagg Industries v. Rieder serves as a useful reminder of the importance of proving (and communicating to employees) a termination for cause, as well as the high threshold that employers must meet in such circumstances. In this case, the company sued a former employee (that it allegedly fired for cau … Read more »
- Off-Key? The Boston Symphony and Gender-Based Equality in Pay
The size of an employee’s salary is often seen as an indicator of importance within an organization. Thus, when women are paid less than their male counterparts for performing similar work, it suggests that their efforts are somehow of lesser value. In Ontario, we have a number of legal mechanisms t … Read more »
- Arbitration Clause Illegal & Unconscionable: Uber Drivers Taken for a Ride
On January 2, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its first decision of 2019: Heller v. Uber Technologies Inc. et al. While the new year is just getting started, this decision is likely to be one of the most significant from an employment law perspective. Its implications are far-reaching and r … Read more »
- Wrongful dismissal in Ontario: how do we calculate the value of lost benefits?
When an employee is fired and not given sufficient notice, a common point of dispute becomes how to properly calculate the lost value of non-monetary benefits. Wages, by contrast, are a relatively simple affair. If a court orders the employee ought to have received an additional three (3) months’ no … Read more »
- Another Canadian Court Warns Employees Against Making Secret Recordings at Work
In a previous blog entry, we wrote about the laws surrounding secret recordings in the workplace. As we cautioned: “[b]efore creating such recordings, be sure to think carefully about the necessity of the action and check whether any workplace policies may be engaged.”At that time, Justice Edmond (C … Read more »
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