Sunday, 22 December 2013

Ontario Employment Law’s Top Five Cases – 2013 Edition

Ontario employment lawyers had another interesting year with a number of provocative and interesting decisions coming from this country’s courts and administrative tribunals.

Continuing a tradition started last year on the law blog for the suddenly unemployed, (see Top Five Cases of Importance to Ontario Employment Lawyers 2012) it’s time again for me to name the top five cases of importance to Ontario employment law… at least according to me.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

SCC: Pension Benefits Cannot be Deducted from Wrongful Dismissal Damages

Are defined benefit pension benefits deductible from wrongful dismissal damages? According to a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada, the answer is no, they are not.

In its decision in IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman, 2013 SCC 70 (CanLII) seven of this county’s nine Supreme Court Justices (LeBel, Fish, Abella, Cromwell, Moldaver, Karakatsanis and Wagner JJ.) agreed that pension benefits are not properly deductible from wrongful dismissal damages. Justice Rothstein and Chief Justice McLachlin disagreed.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

How Long Does an Employee Have to Sue for Unpaid Commission Payments?

How Long Does an Employee Have to Sue for Unpaid Commission Payments?

How long does an employee have to sue for unpaid commission payments in Ontario? Simple; two years. Two years from what date? That was the question that the Court of Appeal for Ontario was recently asked to resolve in the case of Ali v. O-Two Medical Technologies Inc., 2013 ONCA 733 (CanLII).

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Has the Ontario Labour Relations Board Finally Given Some Protection to Harassed Employees?

Is an Ontario worker who makes a complaint of workplace harassment to his or her employer seeking the enforcement of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act or acting in compliance with that Act? Can an employer legally fire someone who makes such a complaint without that termination being deemed an at of "reprisal" by the Ontario Labour Relations Board? Until the Ontario Labour Relation Board’s decision in Ljuboja v Aim Group Inc, 2013 CanLII 76529 (ON LRB) on November 22, 2013, the answers from this author would have been no, the employee is not seeking the enforcement of the Act, and yes, the employer can legally terminate the employee without the Labour Board deeming the termination as an act of reprisal. However, things may have changed.