Can You Sue Your Former Employer For Giving A Negative Reference?

It is less and less common for an employee to spend his entire working career with one employer. In order to build a more impressive resumé and develop a greater skill set, it is not uncommon to find employees spending several years with one employer, then moving on to other opportunities, and repeating the process … Continue reading Can You Sue Your Former Employer For Giving A Negative Reference?

Who Is Liable In A Fight Between Athletes?

We are a sports-loving nation. No surprise there. Not only do we love watching sports, many of us are passionate about competing in sports and similar athletic pursuits. Occasionally, however, that passion can get the better of an athlete, causing him to start a fight with another competitor. Think of a hockey enforcer responding to … Continue reading Who Is Liable In A Fight Between Athletes?

When Does My Disability Coverage End?

Employees who participate in a group benefits plan often enjoy coverage for prescription drugs, dental care, and life insurance, among others. Some group benefits plans include coverage for things like accidental death and dismemberment, and short term disability. Not surprisingly, among the more desirable benefits is long-term disability coverage. However, as employees move or transfer … Continue reading When Does My Disability Coverage End?

Is Your Home Office A Fundamental Term Of Employment?

How would you feel if you had the benefit of working from home for many years, only to have your employer tell you that you are no longer able to do so and must work from the head office instead?

What will happen to my job now that the business has been sold?

Mergers and acquisitions of companies and their assets occur on a regular basis. Sometimes the entire company is acquired by way of a purchase of the shares. At other times, only the assets of the company are purchased, leaving ownership of the company intact. From an employee's point of view, this distinction can be important … Continue reading What will happen to my job now that the business has been sold?

My disability claim was denied. When should I sue the insurer?

Many employees are fortunate enough to have long-term disability coverage as part of their remuneration package. Generally speaking, long-term disability insurance is intended as a means of income replacement when injury or illness prevents a person from working. Many long-term disability insurance policies provide that a person is entitled to benefits from the policy only … Continue reading My disability claim was denied. When should I sue the insurer?

How Long Can I Wait To Sue My Employer?

This is a question that I am often asked by clients. The Limitations Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 24 provides that a person generally has 2 years from the day when that person knew or ought to have known that an injury, loss or damage had occurred. There are circumstances where the limitation period is extended … Continue reading How Long Can I Wait To Sue My Employer?

Wrongfully Dismissed? Where Should You Sue Your Employer?

It is not at all unusual for an employee to reside in one country, but work in another. In fact, it is not unusual for an employee to regularly work in more than one country. It is also common for the employer to maintain its head offices in a different country than the one where … Continue reading Wrongfully Dismissed? Where Should You Sue Your Employer?

Oppression Remedies – A Matter of Substance Over Form

Both the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Business Corporations Act in Ontario provide for an oppression remedy available to any of a corporation's shareholders, directors, creditors or officers as a result of unfairly prejudicial or oppressive conduct of the corporation. Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Menillo v. Intramodal Inc., … Continue reading Oppression Remedies – A Matter of Substance Over Form

Two Companies, One Common Employer 

Sometimes, an employer is acquired or taken over by another company. Other times, an employee is moved from one company to another related company. In the employment law context, this can sometimes give rise to what some lawyers refer to as the "common employer" doctrine or principle. According to this principle, an employee working for … Continue reading Two Companies, One Common Employer