Contract Clarity Serves Employers Well

Traditionally, it has been difficult to convince courts to enforce termination clauses in employment contracts. This has been particularly difficult in the Province of Ontario. Commenters have suggested that most of the difficulty for employers stems from the fact...

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Top 5 Tips for Employee Investigations

By Andrew Schafer Employee investigations can have important and far-reaching positive or negative implications for employers, depending on how they are carried out. A properly conducted workplace investigation can shield employers from legal liability and also boost employee morale by...

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From Winter of Discontent to Spring of Equality?

By Graeme McFarlane As we moved through the last few months of 2017, we heard repeated allegations of sexual harassment brought against many high profile public figures. While many of these charges remain just allegations, the underlying factual scenarios follow...

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The Challenge (and Top Tips) of Workplace Investigations

 By Melanie Vipond, CPHR In your your day-to-day role as an HR professional, you realize that most workplace conflicts can be resolved informally. Unfortunately, as you also know, there are those conflicts that benefit from a more formal approach. Certain conflicts...

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Workations: A Path Towards Sustainable Employment?

By Erin Brandt Workations as a concept are nothing new. Employees, executives and business owners brought paperwork with them on holiday and maintained remote contact with the office long before we entered the Digital Age. Even the term itself has...

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Fixed-Term Employment: Manage the Risks and Respect Your Employees

By Erin Brandt Some employment contracts specify an end date, some don’t. Why do employers choose one or the other? At the end of the day, is there any difference? Ideally, an employer and employee enter into a new working relationship...

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Dealing Successfully with the Self-Represented Litigant: Employer has Civil Claim of Former Employee Dismissed in its Entirety

By James D. Kondopulos and Andrew Eyer In a recent B.C. Supreme Court case, Hall v. Trueblue (c.o.b. Labour Ready), B.C.J. No. 2212 (S.C.), a self-represented litigant named Tammy Kay Hall filed a brief notice of civil claim against...

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General Duty of Honesty Only Extends So Far

By Graeme McFarlane In a resounding decision from the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Court rejected the lower court’s decision that had greatly expanded an employer’s obligations to its employees. The lower court had declared that employers were now subject...

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