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Hamilton Employment Law

Ed Canning has been practicing exclusively in the areas of employment law and human rights for 23 years in the City of Hamilton, representing both employers and employees. For 20 years, he has been writing a bi-weekly column in The Hamilton Spectator on employment law and human rights issues that are of interest to both employers and employees. In this blog, you can have access to approximately 500 articles on various subject matters ranging from Employment Standards Act issues, wrongful dismissal issues to human rights issues.

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How long does an employer have to keep a job open for an employee on sick leave?

QUESTION: I have an employee that has been off ill for over 3.5 years. Unfortunately, there appears to be no prospect of him returning to work in the foreseeable future. Do I have to keep holding his position open for him? If I terminate the relationship do I owe him anything?

 

Suing because of a bad reference letter, probably not a good idea

FAQ's - Answered

Here are some FAQ's.

Doughnut Shop facing a 'hole' lot of trouble.

Doughnut shop facing "hole" lot of trouble.

Employment Law Changes - Consumers will pay the price.

After two years of study a report suggesting changes to the Employment Standards Act of Ontario has been released and it includes 173 recommendations.
 

Workplace sexual harrassment not tolerated at companies of any size.

Fresh out of high school, at the age of 18, Rebecca landed a job selling cell phones at a small store.  Some days she worked alone. Other days the store owner would work with her and occasionally his wife would be there.
 

Employers should think twice before offering an alternative position instead of terminating an employee.

Most often when a workplace is being reorganized and a position eliminated, the person filling that role is simply terminated. Sometimes, however, there is a twist.

When a union member has the right to hire a lawyer.

Question: I worked in a large food processing plant for eight years before I was terminated. As a result of a degenerative back condition, my doctor limited how much weight I could lift at any given time.

Employment Standards Act set rules for employee deductions.

QUESTION:  For the third time in two years, one of my drivers has been in a fender bender that was his fault.  This is significantly affecting my insurance and deductibles. Can I deduct the increased costs from his pay cheque?
 

Employers' vacation time policies.

QUESTION: I employ about 20 people in my small company. Things are going fairly well and as a result I have recently learned that I have five employees who did not take all of their paid vacation for the last few years. Perhaps I should have, but I did not know this was happening. I realize I have to pay out what they accumulated but how do I control this in the future?