Labour & Employment Law

All aspects of the employer-employee relationship (other than pensions and employee benefits) including questions relating to terminations, wrongful dismissal, employment standards, arbitration, collective bargaining, and human rights issues such as discrimination and the duty to accommodate

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Universal NDA coming? | Dismissal damages breach 24-month barrier | FC approves largest Canadian LFA ever | NextGen Roster: younger, affordable arbitrators

By Julius Melnitzer | April 21, 2021 Standardized NDA imminent? The world may see a “universally standardised” template for non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in just a few weeks. According to the Law Society Gazette. the OneNDA initiative, founded by The Law Boutique in the UK in February, now has the support of three magic circle firms […]

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Mandatory coronavirus testing for unionized employees allowed: arbitrator

By Julius Melnitzer | March 17, 2021 Arbitrator Dana Randall has ruled that unilaterally-imposed, bi-weekly testing for the novel coronavirus at a Woodstock, Ont., unionized retirement home is reasonable when weighed against the need to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “The decision tells us that, in this particular environment, mandatory COVID-19 testing is a […]

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Top 10 business decisions of 2020 part two: From termination and tax to good-faith contracts

By Julius Melnitzer | March 12, 2020 This is the second of a two-part series listing the Top 10 Business Decisions in Canada for 2020. The first part dealt with cases ranked 6-10. This article ranks the top five in ascending order. 5. Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc. 2020 ONCA 391 Ultimately, Waksdale stands for the proposition that […]

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Federal employers shouldn’t change employment entitlements during notice period: court

Julius Melnitzer | February 5, 2021 A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court suggests that federally-regulated employers will be held to the same strict rules as their provincial counterparts in ensuring that termination provisions comply with minimum employment standards. “The decision in Sager v. TFI International Inc. extends courts’ pro-employee interpretation of termination clauses in the […]

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Federal Court decertifies veterans’ class action for delay on pension benefits

December 17, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer The Federal Court of Appeal has decertified a $100-million class action brought by former members of the Canadian Armed Forces reserves whose retirement benefits were delayed. Read more RELATED ARTICLES Federal Court certifies veterans‘ class action for delay on pension benefits Appeal court upholds ruling in RCMP pension […]

Supreme Court decision aggravates termination clause problems for employers

Julius Melnitzer | November 2, 2020 A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Canada suggests the test for employers seeking to limit recovery for unlawful termination damages related to long-term incentive plans may be insurmountable in practice. Read more.

Supreme Court ruling in RCMP pension case may force plan design changes

Julius Melnitzer | October 22, 2020 Last week’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police pension plan discriminated against job-sharing women should be a wake-up call to pension administrators that changes in plan design to accommodate equality rights are long overdue. Read more Related articles Appeal court upholds ruling in RCMP […]

Beware the pitfalls of employees working remotely from abroad

September 21, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer There’s a new twist on the expatriate employee: one who wants to or has to move abroad, to a place where the employer has little if any presence – – – but is willing to do the job remotely. There’s also a variation on the theme. It comes […]

Layoffs: Employers, employees need to think long term

Thursday, April 09, 2020 As Natalie MacDonald sees it, flexibility is the core strategy for employers and employees seeking to survive the vortex of economic chaos and COVID-19 that now permeates our society and the world. “Employers, if the employee can use their vacation or pay in lieu of time off, let them,” said the […]

Arbitration clause doesn’t offend employment standards legislation, rules B.C. court

March 3, 2020 The British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled that a clause in an employment agreement mandating arbitration as a way of resolving wrongful dismissal disputes doesn’t illegally contract out of provincial employment standards legislation. The ruling departs from Ontario jurisprudence that’s currently under appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. “The B.C. judge […]

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