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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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For Ghomeshi and Others; it's either Union or Legal Representation, not both

It is reported that Jian Ghomeshi has dropped his civil suit against the CBC arising from his termination and that legal costs are going to be paid by him to the CBC. Regardless of the circumstances or reasons for Ghomeshi’s termination, for employment lawyers, that news is no surprise at all.

What is fair, reasonable notice?

Long ago, the concept of reasonable notice of a termination evolved in the courts. It was held that it was unfair for employees, where there was no just cause for their termination, to lose their means of support without any notice whatsoever. If there was no egregious behaviour warranting an immediate termination of the relationship, employees should be forewarned that the plug was about to be pulled. In the 1930s, it was thought that nobody was entitled to more than six months’ notice. If you provided working notice, “Jack, you’re finished in six months”, no pay in lieu of that notice needed to be provided.

What is fair, reasonable notice?

Long ago, the concept of reasonable notice of a termination evolved in the courts. It was held that it was unfair for employees, where there was no just cause for their termination, to lose their means of support without any notice whatsoever. If there was no egregious behaviour warranting an immediate termination of the relationship, employees should be forewarned that the plug was about to be pulled. In the 1930s, it was thought that nobody was entitled to more than six months’ notice. If you provided working notice, “Jack, you’re finished in six months”, no pay in lieu of that notice needed to be provided.

Remembering Compassion

Although I represent both employers and employees, I spend much of each day meeting with people who have recently lost their job. They are going through, in one way or another, the typical stages of grief. By the time they see me, either a few or ten days after they got the news, they could be in any stage of the process…denial, anger, depression or acceptance.

Lessons learned the hard way, refusing to listen or just bad advice

Litigious means “ fond of engaging in law suits”. The truth is, most lawyers are more fond of settling law suits than going to court. A clear and firm result rather than the vagaries of the court room are almost always best for everyone. Sometimes clients don’t agree.

Lessons learned the hard way�refusing to listen or just bad advice

Litigious means “ fond of engaging in law suits”. The truth is, most lawyers are more fond of settling law suits than going to court. A clear and firm result rather than the vagaries of the court room are almost always best for everyone. Sometimes clients don’t agree.

The Law can determine that you're fired!

A constructive dismissal is a termination by another name. It’s what happens when the law deems that you have been terminated even though nobody ever said, “You’re fired.”

The Law can determine that you're fired!

A constructive dismissal is a termination by another name. It’s what happens when the law deems that you have been terminated even though nobody ever said, “You’re fired.”

Sometimes it's better to look for new employment

QUESTION: I have been working at a small business for 8 months. When I was hired as a receptionist I was promised that I would receive a raise. Not only have I not received a raise, my boss is one of the most ignorant human beings I have ever met. He is rude, arrogant and dismissive. Even customers have noticed the way he talks to me is outrageous. If I quit I will not get Employment Insurance. If I quit after only 8 months, I will have to explain to future employers why it didn’t last. Any suggestions?

Sometimes it's better to look for new employment

QUESTION: I have been working at a small business for 8 months. When I was hired as a receptionist I was promised that I would receive a raise. Not only have I not received a raise, my boss is one of the most ignorant human beings I have ever met. He is rude, arrogant and dismissive. Even customers have noticed the way he talks to me is outrageous. If I quit I will not get Employment Insurance. If I quit after only 8 months, I will have to explain to future employers why it didn’t last. Any suggestions?