Employment Insurance - Is it really insurance?

Webster’s Dictionary defines insurance as “the practice by which an individual secures financial compensation for a specified loss with damage resulting from risk of any sort, by contract with a company to which he pays regular premiums.”

Continuity of employment can make wrongful dismissal complicated

When we talk about seniority in wrongful dismissal cases most people think about the last continuous period of employment. People are entitled to reasonable notice based on, in part, how many years they work for the company. Things get a little complicated, however, when employees work for an employer, quit for a while, then go back.

When Release is signed, it's a done deal

When an employer terminates an employee who is not in a union, some termination pay is almost always due. Assuming there was not just cause for the termination the employer  can pay out the Employment Standards Act minimum payments, and hope the employee is re-employed quickly enough that they cannot claim for more pay in lieu of notice.  Or they can offer something more than just the Employment Standards Act minimums in exchange for the employee signing a full and final release.
 

When is a resignation a resignation?

By early 2005 Perry had been employed by an industrial maintenance company for 15 years. He was a branch manager earning a total package worth around $140,000.00 a year. Perry had a safety manager working in his branch who did not report directly to him.

Helping employers deal with returning employees

The Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in employment based on an employee’s disability. Not discriminating includes accommodating a return to work.
 

Income cut with purchase company can lead to constructive dismissal

Ann first started working for a small insurance agency in 1980. In 1983 she quit to raise a family but returned to her old employer in 1990 as the office manager. Although she had a set hourly rate for working 30 hours a week, she always received the same pay cheque whether she worked more or less than 30 hours, usually more. She was the office manager and a committed one. She always spent the time to make sure what needed to be done got done.

Employees' rights when employer is bankrupt

In the last few months I have been receiving more and more calls from employees inquiring as to what their rights are when their employer goes bankrupt or into receivership. Unfortunately, these are very frustrating discussions because almost all the news I have to give them is bad.

Tools for Employers in dealing with sick employees

Employee absences due to illness inevitably affect productivity and the health of any business. Of course, some absences are inevitable but sometimes employers start to suspect that the system is being abused. Admittedly, the tools available to employers to deal with an employee who is absent unnecessarily due to a claimed illness are limited. Given how limited they are, employers should at least be familiar with the basics:

Falsifying Record of Employment Illegal

A senior family law lawyer from Ottawa whom we will call Ben, hired a junior lawyer to assist him with his law practice. She was fresh out of law school and they had, for a long time, an excellent relationship.

Falsifying Record of Employment Illegal

A senior family law lawyer from Ottawa whom we will call Ben, hired a junior lawyer to assist him with his law practice. She was fresh out of law school and they had, for a long time, an excellent relationship.