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Law of Work Blog Enters the Canadian Law Blog ‘Hall of Fame’

Law of Work Blog Enters the Canadian Law Blog ‘Hall of Fame’

The annual Clawbies Awards recognizing the best law blogs in Canada were released on New Year’s Eve 2016.    A few minutes looking over this year’s recipients will demonstrate the fantastic…

My “Employer Bullying” Paper remains on SSRN’s All Time Top 10 Most Downloaded List

My “Employer Bullying” Paper remains on SSRN’s All Time Top 10 Most Downloaded List

November 5 2016 A paper I wrote for an Employment Law course with Professor Hugh Collins (now of Oxford) while I was doing my LLM at the London School of…

May Cheng (aka my spouse) Makes Leap to Osler’s IP Group

May Cheng (aka my spouse) Makes Leap to Osler’s IP Group

Big news on the home front: My super amazing spouse, May Cheng, is joining Osler’s intellectual property group.   May is one of Canada’s leading intellectual property lawyers.  This is…

I Let My Employment Law Students Take a One Page Cheat Sheet into an Exam. Look What Happened

I Let My Employment Law Students Take a One Page Cheat Sheet into an Exam. Look What Happened

It’s a thing of beauty. I let my employment law students bring a one page, one sided 8 x 11 cheat sheet into their exam.  This one is my favourite,…

Howard v. Benson Group: No Mitigation Required When Fixed Term Contract Terminated Early

Howard v. Benson Group:  No Mitigation Required When Fixed Term Contract Terminated Early

This entry relates to material covered in The Law of Work book in Chapter 11 (looking at fixed term employment contracts, Chapter 16 (damages and mitigation in wrongful dismissal lawsuits).…

Muntean v. Enablence: Wrongful Dismissal Damages Without a Termination?

Muntean v. Enablence:  Wrongful Dismissal Damages Without a Termination?

Sean Bawden over at Labour Pains blog let time know about a very odd little wrongful dismissal decision issued recently in Ontario.  The case is called Muntean v. Enablence Canada. …

Court Rules “Dependent Contractors” Entitled to 26 Month’s Reasonable Notice

Court Rules “Dependent Contractors” Entitled to 26 Month’s Reasonable Notice

February 23, 2016 A textbook example of the legal distinction between employees, dependent contractors, and independent contractors that we explore in Chapter 3 of The Law of Work was issued…

What Happens When an Employee Works Past the Contract’s End Date?

What Happens When an Employee Works Past the Contract’s End Date?

I was asked this weekend about a hypothetical employment situation. Let’s call the employee in this story Mark.  It’s a good scenario for a law school question. Facts Last April,…

Is Drinking Wine at Lunch Grounds for Summary Dismissal?

Is Drinking Wine at Lunch Grounds for Summary Dismissal?

In a recent decision, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that an employer had wrongfully dismissed a 65 year old manager of a used car company.  The company accused the employer…

Does an Employer’s Financial Situation Influence Reasonable Notice Periods?

Does an Employer’s Financial Situation Influence Reasonable Notice Periods?

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently addressed an old debate in employment law:  if an employer is in financial difficulty, should the court reduce the period of notice required to terminate…

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