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Preparing for Mediation

As I discussed in a recent Canadian HR Law post, when it comes to mediation, one thing that interests me is the different ways that parties and their lawyers prepare (or don’t prepare) for mediation. The failure to prepare properly is often the difference between a successful mediation and an unsuccessful one. Good mediators are highly skilled at assisting parties […]


Substituted Service and Social Media

Over the last 10 years, social media has woven itself into the fabric of society and its effect on employment law cannot be ignored. Within the world of HR, social media usually arises in contexts including: the interview process; off-duty conduct and termination, as images can be shared in real-time and go viral (a topic which has been written about […]


Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Drug Testing and Whistleblower Protection

In this edition of The Latest Chapter we discuss the Ontario Superior Court’s decision to deny an injunction against instituting random drug and alcohol testing at the TTC in Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113 v Toronto Transit Commission and whether this decision will have broader implications with respect to random testing. We also discuss recent changes to the Courts of […]


How to Enforce Your Employment Rights & What Happens if There is Reprisal

The majority of employees in this province are subject to employment laws such as the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”), the Ontario Human Rights Code (the “Code”), and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) which have enshrined various rights of employees, and obligations of employers.  Some of the employment law rights and duties which repeatedly come up […]


Rudner MacDonald in the Classroom

Employment law is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly complex. As we often say, every decision must be assessed with consideration of some or all of: Employment Standards Human Rights Occupational Health & Safety Privacy Common Law Tax Law HR Professionals, and all those tasked with HR issues, are now expected to be “part-time lawyers” in order to do their job […]


Reading the Fine Print

Imagine the scene: one day, just like any other, you’re sitting at your desk planning to pack up and head home soon when you are unexpectedly called into a meeting in the boardroom. You enter the boardroom to find your manager and the head of Human Resources sitting around the table. You’ve been around long enough to know what’s happening, […]


Latest Chapter In Employment Law: Potentially Dramatic Changes To Employment Legislation And Another Court Of Appeal Decision On Termination Clauses

In this edition of The Latest Chapter, we discuss the Changing Workplaces Review, which could trigger the most significant reforms to Ontario’s employment and labour law statutes in decades. We also note the Ontario Court of Appeal’s latest decision in Wood v Deeley, which could significantly impact how employment agreements and termination provisions are drafted and enforced in Ontario. The […]


Google Hangout: Assessing Notice Periods and Severance Obligations

When it comes to dismissals, there is no shortage of questions. How much “severance” are you entitled to? Can the employer provide working notice? Is the employee entitled to anything more than the applicable employment standards legislation? What is “just cause” for dismissal? What is the difference between “termination pay”, “severance pay”, “reasonable notice”, and “severance”? Is there a difference […]


Clearing Up Common Misconceptions About Termination and Severance Pay

There continues to be a plethora of myths and misconceptions when it comes to the termination of the employment relationship. We are asked the same questions time and time again, including: Can an employer make a dismissed employee work through the notice period? Is a dismissed employee entitled to a lump sum? What happens if a dismissed employee finds new […]


Newsletter Archive (2013-2016)

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Wood v Deeley: Court of Appeal Strikes Down Termination Clause

The ongoing saga of judicial  interpretation of termination clauses continues: yesterday, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its long-awaited ruling in Wood v Deeley. The Court overturned the lower court decision and struck out the clause in question. The outcome has the potential to have a wide-ranging impact on how employment agreements and termination provisions are drafted and enforced in Ontario. […]



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