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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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When you are ready to retire, make sure you are really ready.

There is rarely any upside to an employee to give an employer more than a few weeks notice of their retirement or resignation Things change and you could change your mind when it is too late.

Ed Canning - Changing the terms of someone's employment.

Making changes to someone’s terms of employment is always fraught with dangers for employers. Making those changes after persuading an employee to move their family is even more perilous.

Ed Canning - Ontario Human Rights Code

The Ontario Human Rights Code addresses many of the injustices that happen in the workplace but not all of them. 

Changing compensation structure does not constitute constructive dismissal.

QUESTION: I have been a salaried sales representative with my company for four years.  Yesterday I got a letter telling me that as of the end of December, (3 months from now),  I am going on straight commission with a whole new compensation plan.  Do I have any rights here?

Returning from Disability leave? Employers don't need to know everything.

QUESTION:  I am trying to return to work from a disability leave. I gave the employer a gradual return to work program provided by my doctor. They are telling me that I have to go and see their own doctor so they can get their own report. The release the doctor sent me does not limit what the company doctor can tell the employer about my personal medical situation. Do I have to sign it?

Knee jerk "I quit" could cost you!

QUESTION:  After five years of employment, last week my boss finally pushed me too far. For no apparent reason, he refused to allow me to take an extra vacation day on Thanksgiving weekend. It seemed like he was being petty to me and I told him I quit and went home. The next morning after I had cooled down I sent him an email telling him I didn’t really mean it and wanted to return to work. He said don’t bother. Now it looks like I get no severance and no Employment Insurance. Am I out of luck?

Ed Canning - Sexual Harassment in the workplace

Stanley was a warehouse supervisor who had worked at his flooring outlet for seven years. Samantha worked at the same outlet but Stanley was not her supervisor.

Ed Canning in the news - Just Cause.

When an employer claims they have just cause for the termination of someone’s employment, what they are really saying is that the employee did something so bad that they could be let go without any kind of a severance package

Ed Canning in the news - Hamilton Spectator

Samuel was a foreign-exchange student who had just completed his engineering degree in Canada. He knew there was a government program that would allow him to work full-time in Canada for up to three years.

Ed Canning in the news - Hamilton Spectator

Sometimes people can smell a termination of their employment coming and mentally prepare themselves. Sometimes it is a total shock which sends them spinning. That is what happened to Greg.