Decision that is akin to Federal Employers’ “Atomic” Bomb to be appealed at Supreme Court of Canada

Recently, we wrote about the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.  In that decision, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that non-unionized employees governed by the Canada Labour Code did not have a right to a job, and that employers were entitled to dismiss employees without cause, so…

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Employers Required to “Leave” Family Caregivers Alone – New Leaves of Absence Available

Recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (Ontario) have made it possible for employees, who are subject to that Act, to take three new types of unpaid leaves of absence from their employment, which are as follows: Family Caregiver Leave; Critically Ill Childcare Leave; and Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave. Under the Family…

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Simplified Procedure for Smaller Estates?

In a statement recently released on its website, the Law Commission of Ontario (“LCO“) has commented that the cost of obtaining a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (“Certificate“) can be disproportionate to the value of the estate being probated. In an attempt to address that problem, the LCO has invited submissions from the public with respect to a…

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Temperature Rising for Employers that Fail to Adequately Investigate Misconduct

The recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Boucher v. Wal-Mart Canada Corp. reinforces the need for employers to investigate workplace misconduct complaints seriously. Paying mere lip-service to harassment policies can result in awards of aggravated damages, punitive damages and/or damages for mental distress. In Wal-Mart, the Court found that the Plaintiff was routinely belittled, humiliated and berated…

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