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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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If you are not in a union you don't need to be given a reason for your termination.

“They did not even give me a reason for my termination!” That is the most common complaint I hear from the recently dismissed.

Termination dates and Employment Standards Act.

I’ve been working as an Accounts Receivables Clerk for a company that has about 150 employees in Ontario for just over 10 years. The head office is in Arizona. It has been announced that the finance department in which I work is having all its functions transferred to head office down there. No definitive date has been given other than it is likely to happen some time this year. I have been asking for a letter confirming this and information about my termination package with no response. What should I do?

Disability vs. Dishonesty

Employers should always consider the possibility that an employee’s workplace performance issues may be related to a disability such as addiction or mental health issues.

Let's test your vacation pay knowledge.

Today, test your knowledge on vacations and vacation pay in Ontario. The answers are at the end of the article but try not to peek.

What happens if i quit without giving proper notice?

We often hear about wrongful dismissal cases but not so often about wrongful quitting cases.

Maybe you shouldn't tell your employer you are sick.

What information can you share at work that may lead to you losing out on a promotion, being passed up for extra training, not receiving your expected raise or bonus, being marginalized in decision making processes or isolated and treated with kid gloves?...... Tell them you are sick.

Clarifying the term Layoff

People often used the term “laid off” to describe a termination due to a shortage of work. That is not what it means. A layoff pursuant to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) happens when an employee is temporarily sent home with some expectation that they will be recalled to work when things pick up. That is not a termination.

Are you a Just Cause expert? Take the quiz and find out.

Today, a just cause quiz. If you are not in a union, an employer does not need any reason to terminate your employment. If there is just cause, however, you don’t get any severance package. If there is not just cause for your termination, you do.

Managers must be consistent when dealing with discrimination complaints

Aazim worked for in an oil-field in Alberta taking care of tailing ponds. He was a pump operator and his job was to make sure that everything was working properly so that nothing leaked out. He is a black man of Arabic descent. A few years after he started, when the winter season came, he was transferred to the shop until spring. 

Prudent employers establish employment contracts at the beginning of the employment relationship.

The most important term in any employment contract is the termination clause. Everything else changes: wages, job description, vacation entitlement, and even the benefit plan details.