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Disclosure: Natalie MacDonald in the Globe & Mail

Natalie MacDonald was recently in the Globe & Mail offering expert advice on the issue of disclosure during job interviews. For a prospective employee interviewing with a company, the question about whether to disclose certain health-related matters may weigh heavily on their minds. Click here to read Natalie’s answer on the issue of disclsure. Click to share on Twitter (Opens […]

How much termination notice do you give a 70 year old?

For decades, the leading case with respect to assessing termination notice (notice of dismissal) has been Bardal v. Globe and Mail Ltd., in which Chief Justice McRuer set out the factors that a court should take into account in determining what constitutes reasonable notice of dismissal. He stated as follows: There can be no catalogue laid down as to what is […]

Limiting Liability for Employers: Put it in a Contract

Most employers want to attempt to limit their liability to an employee upon the termination of employment.  To do that, many will provide an employment contract to the employee, believing that this contract will protect them, thereby limiting liability for employers.  However, if it is not provided prior to the commencement of employment and signed before the employee commences employment […]

Stuart Rudner Presenting at Las Vegas AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference

Stuart Rudner has been selected to present on the topic of Investigations in the Employment Context at AICPA’s conference: Event Details November 10-12, 2013 Full Day Sessions Location: Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada This conference facilitates expert-lead sessions for forensic and valuation practitioners and gives them the opportunity to attend workshops in either practice area. Topics explored include: applying complex […]

Stuart Rudner the Keynote Speaker at SafeWork Summit Niagara

The SafeWork Summit – Niagara takes place on September 24th and offers a full day of interactive learning and a wealth of information for a variety of stakeholders, including; workers, managers, supervisors and business owners.  Attendees can choose from a variety of workshops and sessions that cover a broad spectrum of topics that are critical to a successful program for […]

Rudner MacDonald Featured in Advocate Daily

The title of the story from Advocate Daily that appeared today at says it well: Powerhouse pair launches employment law firm Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner, long-time friends and prominent employment lawyers have joined forces to effect a positive difference in the Canadian employment law landscape. Check out the full article for more details about the genesis of Rudner […]

The Times – and Notice Periods – They are a-Changin’

Those of us who deal with notice periods and dismissals on a regular basis tend to focus on the “core” factors originally set out in the 1960 ruling of Bardal v. Globe and Mail Ltd.: •character of the employment •length of service of the servant •age of the servant •availability of similar employment, having regard to the experience, training and qualifications […]

Discrimination is not Always a Bad Thing

People tend to recoil in horror when they are referred to as being discriminatory. In recent times, we have come to equate “discrimination” with unfair and unlawful conduct relating to factors such as the colour of a person’s skin, their religion or gender. However, in HR, people discriminate all the time, and they would not be doing their jobs if they […]

Is Employee’s Position no Longer Relevant in Assessing Notice of Termination?

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision a few days ago in which a 70 year old labourer with 20 years of service received 22 months of pay in lieu of notice. In Kotecha v. Affinia, the Court followed a recent trend in which courts have rejected the notion that those with “lower level” positions should receive lesser notice periods, […]

2013 – Human Rights Explosion

Human rights have become one of the hottest topics in employment law this year. This year alone, we have witnessed broad acknowledgement of discrimination and harassment on the prohibited grounds of age, family status and disability. The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal ordered reinstatement and five years of lost wages to Joan Cowling, a 67 year employee who filed a complaint […]

HR Law Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum

When it comes to employment and HR Law, there are a bewildering array of laws that can come into play. Last week, my law partner Natalie MacDonald and I were co-directors of the HR Law for HR Professionals course, a certificate program put on by Osgoode Professional Development in Toronto that I started a few years ago. One of the overriding […]