The Summary Judgement is a cost effective court procedure that allows lawyers to fast track settlement of wrongful dismissal lawsuits. They level the playing field for employees by taking away the fear of long and drawn-out legal battles with employers, who might have deep pockets.
Recognizing the Signs of an Unlawful Layoff | Layoffs must meet very specific conditions outlined in the Employment Standards Act. Some employers cycle their employees through random sham layoffs, making work schedules and income so unpredictable that employees end up quitting in frustration. This is a common cost saving tactic during economic downturns to avoid termination pay.
Ontario’s employment laws have been updated to uphold the rights of a workforce increasingly employed in the “gig economy”, with contract, part-time and temporary work. Today, employers must be clear about the status of their temps. As Dependent Contractors, they are not inferior to employees. Misclassifying them as “independent contractors” is unlawful.
Employers have very little leeway to fire you without adequate compensation. There are many legal instruments that discourage them from doing so for trivial reasons or for false and unproven accusations. Our laws inflict severe penalties on employers who pursue such allegations and then miss the mark. Ontario employees can take comfort that the law is firmly on your side in this matter.
Unjustly Dismissed? You will likely be under a lot of stress when seeking out legal services. Hiring a lawyer can be both time and cost intensive. Here are 5 tips to assist you in this process.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+. These are powerful social media tools. Their use has proliferated throughout the world giving voice to ordinary citizens. Our Constitution offers Freedom of Speech to all Canadians. However, when it comes to social media rules for workplaces, everyone should take pause. You are not as free as you believe to say whatever you want on this public domain.
On July 14, 2016, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision that affected employees working in federally regulated industries. These include banks, airlines, telecommunications companies, federal crown corporations like Canada Post, etc. If you are such an employee and your pink slip says that you were fired without cause, know this. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that firing federal employees without cause is effectively illegal under the Canada Labour Code (CLC).