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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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Age Discrimination is Incidious

You are the manager of a non-unionized call centre and 5 out of 15 customer service reps have to be let go because of a shortage of work. Or you are interviewing candidates for a Supervisory Accounting position and the final choice is up to you.


Sexual Harrassment in the workplace

When Julie first started her job as a bookkeeper for a used car sales lot, she enjoyed it very much.  It was a small family business and she thought she got along well with the owner. 

Terminating employee on sick benefits

About 4 months ago at a weekly management meeting of our company we made a decision, which was recorded in the minutes, to terminate the Comptroller immediately as a result of a number of performance issues. 

Workplace Safety, Overtime policies

Paul worked delivering propane as a truck driver.  One morning, alone in the yard, he started to fill up his truck with propane. 

WSIB mental stress policy

Just over a year ago the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) released a new chronic mental stress policy. WSIB is now covering illness and injuries related to workplace stress in ways it never did before.

Sex Addiction Not a Defence

After retiring from the Air Force as an airplane mechanic, Mike got a job at an airport.  When he accepted the job, he was given a copy of the Code of Conduct which indicated that the employer defined harassment as any behavior, often recurrent in nature, which negates an individual’s dignity and the respect to which they are entitled because the behavior is offensive, embarrassing or humiliating.  


Negotiating severance for termination without cause.

I have been surprised on many occasions by employees that have quit secure employment and casually signed hiring letters with a probationary clause. That clause usually indicates that they can be let go in the first three months with no pay in lieu of notice whatsoever.

Time Theft

At least once every 3 weeks I get a call from an employer about employee time theft. Alleging it is one thing. Proving it can be quite another.

More hutzpah than brains.

A startling amount of hubris is not the sole purview of Donald Trump. It is sometimes amazing to see what people think they can get away with.

Ed Canning - Non solicitation clause

More and more these days, employees are being asked to sign non-competition and non-solicitation clauses when they get a promotion, a new job or a raise. Employment lawyers like me get consulted often by people who are concerned about the effect that signing these provisions will have on their future if they ever leave the company.