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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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Speak Up When Terms of Employment Change

In the employment context, we always talk about “warning letters” as something an employer gives to an employee to try to correct bad behaviour. It can be just as important for employees to provide their employers with a warning letter of sorts when promises are broken.

Social Media and Employment issues

Should what you post online lead to potential job action?

Constructive Dismissal or reasonable notice?

QUESTION: I’ve held the position of operations manager for the last five years. My company is going through restructuring because profits are way down. After 12 years of being employed with this company I have been advised that as of two weeks from now I am going to be the purchasing manager, a position that presently reports to me. I will lose some money but not a lot. A number of other managers are being moved around and while I know this is not aimed at me personally, it still feels humiliating. Do I have to accept the change?
 

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.”

Employers should have well-published harassment policies

One note of clarification: The cases I write about are rarely my own but rather reported cases. Some people assumed that this article was about a local cheese manufacturer. That case was about a cheese factory a long way away from Hamilton.
 
Parental guidance is advised for this article.
 

Abuse of employee can lead to constructive dismissal

A constructive dismissal is a termination without the boss saying the words, “You’re fired”. Sometimes a constructive dismissal happens because the employer changes the terms of employment drastically and without appropriate advance notice. Sometimes, however, it results from abuse of the employee.

What's reasonable when it comes to bullying in the workplace?

Sandra started working for an engineering consulting company in January of 2007. In the small branch office there was just her, as a sales assistant, and two sales representatives. By November of that year she walked out the door, never to return, and claimed she had been constructively dismissed as a result of being sexually harassed and bullied.

What NOT to do if your boss is pushing you out

If you are going to take the position that your employer has so fundamentally changed the terms of your employment that you have the right to walk out the door and sue for pay in lieu of notice, make sure you look before you leap.

Jobs dismantled bit by bit can lead to a constructive dismissal claim

Keith had been vice president of a company that sold video gaming terminals in New Brunswick for 6 years when things started to change. Although Keith had been one of the original employees who helped increase sales over that period by 500%, and was earning $160,000 a year, suddenly his star started to fall.

Employee remedies for big wage cuts illusory

Terminating staff is not the only way employers are trying to deal with these economic times. Finding people who have actually received even a cost of living raise this year is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Many employers have announced pay freezes. Some have imposed across-the-board reductions in pay from 5% to 10%.