Saturday 14 October 2023

Illegal Termination Provision Buried in Confidentiality Clause Voids Otherwise Valid Termination Clause

If an employment contract contains language that purports to allow the employer to terminate an employee for cause- and such language contravenes Ontario’s Employment Standards Act- does it matter where such language appears within the contract?

In Henderson v. Slavkin et al., 2022 ONSC 2964, Justice Carole J. Brown of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice rightly found that it does not matter where within the employment contract the offending language is found- if the language is illegal, then it voids the whole of the termination provision.

Thursday 27 July 2023

The Test for Reprisal Under Section 50 of OHSA

If you have been terminated after raising health and safety concerns to your employer, you may feel that your termination was a reprisal.

You may also consider bringing a complaint to the Ontario Labour Relations Board, but how will the Board decide your case? When and how does a termination become a reprisal under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act?

A guest post by Henry Bertoia


Thursday 13 July 2023

Overtime Claim Not Limited to Statutory Timeline if One Elects to Proceed Via Civil Claim: Alberta Court of King’s Bench

A guest post by Sheldon McRae, Student-at-Law

If your employer has failed to pay you for overtime, is there a limitation period that may prohibit you from recovering what you’re owed? If so, can it be varied?

In Scheffler v Mourits Trucking Ltd , 2023 ABKB 139 Justice John S. Little of the Alberta Court of King’s Bench determined that a plaintiff could claim unpaid overtime wages in a civil suit, despite portions of their claim being statutorily barred from recovery by a limitation period in Alberta’s Employment Standards Code.

Saturday 8 July 2023

Termination for Failure to Respect Workplace Rules Regarding Decorum When Expressing Health and Safety Concerns NOT Reprisal says Labour Relations Board

Sometimes it is not so much what you say, but rather how you say it that matters.

In Derya Marquardt v Rasmussen Starr Ruddy LLP, 2022 CanLII 9123 (ON LRB), the Ontario Labour Relations Board held that an employer’s decision to deem the employment relationship at an end was prompted by the manner in which the employee communicated her concerns and her insubordination, and not by the fact that she was seeking compliance with or exercising rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Thursday 6 July 2023

Mandatory Fun? Can your employer force you to take your vacation time in July?

Can your employer force you to take your vacation time in July?

A guest post by Blake Bochinski

For many employees, vacation time is essential for maintaining a work-life balance to relax and spend time with their loved ones. As such, employees typically do not need to be forced into taking a vacation. However, there may be circumstances where an employer wants to mandate when employees take their vacation.