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Wrongful Dismissal Decision Based on “Exceptional Circumstances” Upheld by Ontario Court of Appeal

Beyond Bardal: Clio Godkewitsch discusses the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision on “exceptional circumstances” of a wrongfully dismissed employee justifying an award of damages based on an enhanced reasonable notice period.

November 23, 2023
Clio Godkewitsch

City Council Declares Gender-Based & Intimate Partner Violence an Epidemic in the City of Toronto

Under the leadership of Toronto’s new Mayor Olivia Chow, Toronto add its voice to the growing list of Ontario municipalities to commit to taking action to end gender-based violence and intimate partner violence.

July 21, 2023
Kirsten Mercer

Canada Needs a New Sectorial Bargaining Model

Canada’s current model of establishing labour standards and collective bargaining has not sufficiently adapted to our present labour market. Mark Rowlinson discusses a model of sectoral bargaining that could enhance collective bargaining in Canada, and invites you to learn more at a Centre for Future Work webinar on the issue on November 28, 2022.

November 23, 2022
Mark Rowlinson

September 30th, 2022: The ongoing but worthwhile struggle for truth and reconciliation

Maria Lucas discusses how developments in Indigenous child and family welfare over the past year reveal the ongoing but worthwhile struggle for truth and reconciliation.

September 30, 2022
Maria Lucas

Can I receive workers’ compensation if I am injured while working from home?

With the rise of remote work or hybrid work, these types of questions have become all the more common. Gabriel Hoogers and former articling student Erin Sobat review the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal’s approach to injuries sustained while working from home.

September 7, 2022
Gabriel Hoogers

Can a COVID-19 layoff constitute constructive dismissal?

Can a COVID-19 layoff constitute constructive dismissal? Sophia Abbatt considers the OCA’s decision in Hanley Hospitality, the current state of the law, and what it all means for workers.

August 10, 2022

When is it Appropriate to Determine Questions of Law on a Rule 21 motion?

Considering bringing a Rule 21 motion to determine a question of law? Melissa Sonneman-Samuel reviews the OCA’s most recent decision on the issue.

August 10, 2022

What can union officials do about harassment?

Union officials provide essential services to their members, supporting workers when they have issues with their employers and representing them at difficult times. But there are unfortunately situations where they are subject to harassing behaviour or comments. Ben Piper looks at the mechanisms available to deal with harassment in these situations.

August 3, 2022
Benjamin Piper

Where to Litigate Your Pension Dispute

Do you have a pension problem that requires a solution? In this final installment in the Pension Law Series, Sue Philpott outlines your options for having your pension dispute resolved.

June 22, 2022
Susan Philpott

A primer on Jointly Sponsored Pension Plans

In this fourth installment of our Pension Law Series, David Sworn explains the basics of jointly-sponsored pension plans (JSPPs), where governance is shared by employers and labour groups.

June 1, 2022
David Sworn