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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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EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT EXPLAINED

QUESTION: Until recently, I was the general manager of a company.  After 5 years of service, the chief executive officer told me that he was tired of me undermining and questioning his authority (I thought we had a good relationship) and that he was letting me go.  He told me that he would be forwarding me a letter offering me 11 weeks’ wages.  Is this right? Can he do this?
 

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT EXPLAINED

QUESTION: Until recently, I was the general manager of a company.  After 5 years of service, the chief executive officer told me that he was tired of me undermining and questioning his authority (I thought we had a good relationship) and that he was letting me go.  He told me that he would be forwarding me a letter offering me 11 weeks’ wages.  Is this right? Can he do this?
 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A WSIB CLAIM?

QUESTION: I worked as half of a 2 person driving team with my husband driving a transport truck.  One day I was in the back of the cab putting away supplies when a small fridge fell off a shelf above me and landed on my head.  I have been on WSIB now for some time and have been told that my head, neck and back injuries will take a long time to heal.  My doctors have told me that chronic pain has set in and that it is very likely that I will  never return to driving truck.  I have no idea what to do next.  I cannot imagine finding work that I can do that would pay me anywhere near the same money I made working with my husband.  Do you have any ideas?
 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A WSIB CLAIM?

QUESTION: I worked as half of a 2 person driving team with my husband driving a transport truck.  One day I was in the back of the cab putting away supplies when a small fridge fell off a shelf above me and landed on my head.  I have been on WSIB now for some time and have been told that my head, neck and back injuries will take a long time to heal.  My doctors have told me that chronic pain has set in and that it is very likely that I will  never return to driving truck.  I have no idea what to do next.  I cannot imagine finding work that I can do that would pay me anywhere near the same money I made working with my husband.  Do you have any ideas?
 

WSIB AND THE RIGHT TO SPY

QUESTION: I suffered an injury at work and following months of physiotherapy, tests and specialists, WSIB decided that I had a permanent injury that prevented me from doing my job.  While my employer did make modifications to my work to accommodate my injuries, they did not like WSIB's decision.  They sent WSIB 6 hours of video tape taken of me in the workplace and around my house to try to show that I was not really injured.  Luckily, WSIB rejected that evidence because it did not show me doing anything that my injuries would not allow.  Do they have a right to do this?
 

WSIB AND THE RIGHT TO SPY

QUESTION: I suffered an injury at work and following months of physiotherapy, tests and specialists, WSIB decided that I had a permanent injury that prevented me from doing my job.  While my employer did make modifications to my work to accommodate my injuries, they did not like WSIB's decision.  They sent WSIB 6 hours of video tape taken of me in the workplace and around my house to try to show that I was not really injured.  Luckily, WSIB rejected that evidence because it did not show me doing anything that my injuries would not allow.  Do they have a right to do this?
 

VIDEO CAMERAS AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY

The announcement last week that the Hamilton Police Service will be installing ten 24 hour a day digital video cameras in public places in downtown Hamilton is a brilliant, if perhaps too modest, proposal.
 

VIDEO CAMERAS AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY

The announcement last week that the Hamilton Police Service will be installing ten 24 hour a day digital video cameras in public places in downtown Hamilton is a brilliant, if perhaps too modest, proposal.