Strike action by Ontario’s secondary and elementary teachers has left some parents scrambling to find childcare over the past few months and is set to resume after the March break if a deal with the provincial government is not reached. Therefore, this is a good time to remind employers that they must be mindful of their responsibility to accommodate employees as much as reasonably possible. That will not only promote workplace harmony but ensures compliance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code, 1990 (“Code”).
Although the coronavirus (or COVID-19) outbreak around the globe has not reached crisis proportions in Canada, it is still essential for employers to review their company policies relating to heath and safety to ensure they are meeting their legal obligations.
The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision of Rossman v. Canadian Solar Inc. is yet another case dealing with the enforceability of termination clauses in employment contracts. This issue often comes before the courts because it involves one of the most litigated and important principles in employment law, which is that the employer must provide reasonable notice to an employee upon termination.
The man of many suits requires no introduction; however, in brief, Don Cherry is a hockey commentator who was apparently terminated from his job as a co-host of the popular Canadian television program, Coach’s Corner. He is a notoriously brash and opinionated character who often courted controversy with many of his statements about a variety of topics over the years. He was also well-known to wear ostentatious suits in a variety of loud colours and patterns.
It’s Friday afternoon and you were just terminated from a well-paying position “for cause” after many years of loyal service in a reputable company in Toronto. Your world is sort of crushing down upon you, you do not know how you are going to make next month’s mortgage payment and your first reaction is to search online for lawyers who offer a “free legal consultation.” However, should you continue in such a manner? It depends, but ultimately you should be aware of what you will (or will not) be getting from such an offer and the risks that may be involved.