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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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Good advice: never quit, wait to be fired. You get more.

Carrie worked as a bus driver in Alberta. She developed what is called “environmental urticaria”. This meant that exposure to fumes such as diesel fumes or perfumes caused hives, flushing, discomfort and facial swelling. In order to treat these symptoms she had to take antihistamines but the antihistamines caused drowsiness. Nobody likes a drowsy bus driver.

Good advice: never quit, wait to be fired. You get more.

Carrie worked as a bus driver in Alberta. She developed what is called “environmental urticaria”. This meant that exposure to fumes such as diesel fumes or perfumes caused hives, flushing, discomfort and facial swelling. In order to treat these symptoms she had to take antihistamines but the antihistamines caused drowsiness. Nobody likes a drowsy bus driver.

Who is an employee: the definition is changing

With more and more people working from home, consulting or freelancing, who is and is not an employee in the eyes of the law is becoming an increasingly complex question.

Who is an employee: the definition is changing

With more and more people working from home, consulting or freelancing, who is and is not an employee in the eyes of the law is becoming an increasingly complex question.

After-acquired just cause means no notice or severance

If you are going to spend money to hire a lawyer to represent you after a termination, be sure to tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time and theirs.

After-acquired just cause means no notice or severance

If you are going to spend money to hire a lawyer to represent you after a termination, be sure to tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time and theirs.

Document! Document! Document!

An employer does not need just cause to terminate a non-union employee but if they don’t have it, they have to provide pay in lieu of notice. In addition, if they are one of the 5% or less companies that are governed by the Canada Labour Code, they may also be subject to further sanctions over and above severance
 

Document! Document! Document!

An employer does not need just cause to terminate a non-union employee but if they don’t have it, they have to provide pay in lieu of notice. In addition, if they are one of the 5% or less companies that are governed by the Canada Labour Code, they may also be subject to further sanctions over and above severance
 

Paying severance is often the least expensive alternative

Larger employers, having been in business long enough to get large and having had the unpleasant task of terminating employees they don’t like, understand that unless there is just cause for the termination, it has to provide an appropriate severance package. That package would be based on the employee’s age, level of responsibility and seniority.

Paying severance is often the least expensive alternative

Larger employers, having been in business long enough to get large and having had the unpleasant task of terminating employees they don’t like, understand that unless there is just cause for the termination, it has to provide an appropriate severance package. That package would be based on the employee’s age, level of responsibility and seniority.