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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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Dealing with a workplace bully

Question: I feel like I’m getting bullied by a co-worker.  One example is that recently a new cell phone for her, that it was my job to order, did not arrive as scheduled.  She came to my desk, stood about one foot away looking down at me and in an angry raised voice asked where her new cell phone was as if I reported to her.  This is only one of many examples I could give. How should I deal with this? 


Fixed term contracts can leave employers 6 feet under

Fixed term contracts can be an expensive and dangerous thing for employers. 


Addiction is a disability like any other

Alcohol and drug addiction are considered by the Ontario Human Rights Code to be a disability on the same footing as any physical impairment.  The Code requires employers to accommodate disabilities to the point of undue hardship.  

Wording of Bonus Plans

Employers drafting bonus plans have to be very careful about the wording they use.  Judges will usually take those words at face value.  


Clean hands crucial if you are persuing your old employer’s clients

Clean hands crucial if you are persuing your old employer’s clients

If there’s any chance that you will get caught up being sued by your former employer claiming you breeched an obligation not to solicit their clients, make sure your hands are squeaky clean. 
If your hands have dirt on them, judges tend to make decisions that can be a bit surprising.

Not everything is bullying or harassment

A few years back, protection from bullying and harassment were added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Now, any time an employee alleges bullying and/or harassment, the employer has to conduct an investigation and produce a written report.

Age Discrimination is Incidious

You are the manager of a non-unionized call centre and 5 out of 15 customer service reps have to be let go because of a shortage of work. Or you are interviewing candidates for a Supervisory Accounting position and the final choice is up to you.


Sexual Harrassment in the workplace

When Julie first started her job as a bookkeeper for a used car sales lot, she enjoyed it very much.  It was a small family business and she thought she got along well with the owner. 

Terminating employee on sick benefits

About 4 months ago at a weekly management meeting of our company we made a decision, which was recorded in the minutes, to terminate the Comptroller immediately as a result of a number of performance issues. 

Workplace Safety, Overtime policies

Paul worked delivering propane as a truck driver.  One morning, alone in the yard, he started to fill up his truck with propane.