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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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Terms of employment changing? Get advice

The only thing for sure in life is death, taxes and the fact that sooner or later your workplace will be ‘restructured’.

Strong consideration needed before firing sick employee

If you are an employer who has had an employee off work as a result of illness for an extended period of time, let’s say a couple of years, you should think very carefully before sending them a letter saying the employment relationship is over.

Strong consideration needed before firing sick employee

If you are an employer who has had an employee off work as a result of illness for an extended period of time, let’s say a couple of years, you should think very carefully before sending them a letter saying the employment relationship is over.

Anything can happen in a courtroom

A woman we will call Betty worked as an assistant Band registrar for a Band Council. She had that job for 19 years before she was terminated.

Anything can happen in a courtroom

A woman we will call Betty worked as an assistant Band registrar for a Band Council. She had that job for 19 years before she was terminated.

Successful lawsuits based on reference letters extremely rare

It’s a very mixed up world when it comes to employers and references.

Successful lawsuits based on reference letters extremely rare

It’s a very mixed up world when it comes to employers and references.

Accusations of dishonesty need thorough investigation

Terminating somebody’s employment for dishonesty is a very serious step. Making that allegation carelessly unfairly takes away someone’s livelihood and can also affect their reputation. If they can’t prove your case, the consequences to the employer can be quite expensive.

Accusations of dishonesty need thorough investigation

Terminating somebody’s employment for dishonesty is a very serious step. Making that allegation carelessly unfairly takes away someone’s livelihood and can also affect their reputation. If they can’t prove your case, the consequences to the employer can be quite expensive.

Cautioning the bully before a termination

In recent years, employers have become sensitized to issues of harassment in the workplace. Labour standards have begun to require employers to investigate and deal with harassment issues. When dealing with bullying and abusive employees, however, employers must remember that other than in the most exceptional circumstances, cautioning the employee and giving them a chance to reform is important.