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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

Drug Consumption in the Workplace

Bob and Doug had been working as janitors at the local university for 17 years. One day they were sitting in Bob’s car during their break in the campus parking lot when university security arrived.

Gender Parady

The fact that women are still paid, very often, less money for the same or similar work as their male counterparts, is, unfortunately, not news.  The provincial government has introduced legislation to attempt to combat this malingering sore. 

Constructive Dismissal

Many employers suffer from a misapprehension about significantly changing terms of employment. They think that if the change is a direct result of business-related reorganization and not personal in any way that the employee cannot take the position they have been constructively dismissed…terminated. 

Employment Law Myths

Part of my job is to inform people about employment law and how it works. Some of my time is spent dispelling myths about employment law. I call them donut shop law as that is mostly where these myths circulate.

Complaint and Confidentiality

It has recently been reported that a senior official of one of the political parties resigned amidst allegations that some years ago when he was a Member of Parliament he engaged in inappropriate sexual misconduct with a staff member.

Employers need to follow through with their own employment policies and guidelines

Diligent employers who create and circulate “policies and guidelines” for employees are to be applauded for good human resources management but cautioned about what they include in those policies.

Lying and Just Cause

Danny worked for 19 years in the sanitation department of a large Canadian city. One year he had perfect attendance and as a result received an award.

Changes to Employment Standards Act - January 1, 2018.

The Ontario provincial government is bestowing a belated Christmas gift as of January 1, 2018 which includes some significant changes to the Employment Standards Act. Whether it is a splendid gift or a lump of coal may depend on your perspective.

How long does an employer have to keep a job open for an employee on sick leave?

QUESTION: I have an employee that has been off ill for over 3.5 years. Unfortunately, there appears to be no prospect of him returning to work in the foreseeable future. Do I have to keep holding his position open for him? If I terminate the relationship do I owe him anything?


Suing because of a bad reference letter, probably not a good idea