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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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Blog Posts

Knee jerk "I quit" could cost you!

QUESTION:  After five years of employment, last week my boss finally pushed me too far. For no apparent reason, he refused to allow me to take an extra vacation day on Thanksgiving weekend. It seemed like he was being petty to me and I told him I quit and went home. The next morning after I had cooled down I sent him an email telling him I didn’t really mean it and wanted to return to work. He said don’t bother. Now it looks like I get no severance and no Employment Insurance. Am I out of luck?

Ed Canning - Sexual Harassment in the workplace

Stanley was a warehouse supervisor who had worked at his flooring outlet for seven years. Samantha worked at the same outlet but Stanley was not her supervisor.

Ed Canning in the news - Just Cause.

When an employer claims they have just cause for the termination of someone’s employment, what they are really saying is that the employee did something so bad that they could be let go without any kind of a severance package

Ed Canning in the news - Hamilton Spectator

Samuel was a foreign-exchange student who had just completed his engineering degree in Canada. He knew there was a government program that would allow him to work full-time in Canada for up to three years.

Ed Canning in the news - Hamilton Spectator

Sometimes people can smell a termination of their employment coming and mentally prepare themselves. Sometimes it is a total shock which sends them spinning. That is what happened to Greg.

A tale of two offices

A Tale of Two Offices.

Good faith matters

Peter was offered a job as an independent contractor with a consulting company that was to last six months. The consulting company was providing technical services to a large retailer.

Criminal Activity and Employment

Sometimes what you do outside of work can end up costing you your job. When we talk about criminal convictions, both the crime and your position matter.

Safe working conditions.

All workers have the right to refuse unsafe working conditions without reprisal from their employers.

Q&A's Human Rights Issues

QUESTION:  After 10 years of service in a supervisory position I was recently terminated by my employer without any explanation. I have received only positive feedback and yet they replaced me soon after I was let go.