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FEBRUARY 2024

Feb. 28, 2024 – Federal Court upholds firing of RBC advisor who manipulated client transactions

Feb. 21, 2024 – Parks Canada underwater archaeologist reinstated after safety dispute over Franklin Expedition shipwrecks

Feb. 14, 2024 – Cupid in the cubicles: Balancing love, and law, in workplace romances

Feb. 7, 2024 – CN Rail had no cause to fire manager who allegedly failed to respond to complaints of sexual harassment: Manitoba court

JANUARY 2024

Jan. 31, 2024 –  Record human rights award given to B.C. executive assistant subjected to extreme harassment, abuse

Jan. 24, 2024 – Health and safety manager’s termination upheld by Ontario court in bizarre workplace accident case

Jan. 17, 2024 – Former BMO Nesbitt Burns advisor awarded 24 months’ notice, but no bad-faith damages

Jan. 10, 2024 – No free lunches: B.C. Court of Appeal upholds termination of car dealership president who lied about expenses

Jan. 3, 2024 – Labour board dismisses DFR complaint against Saskatchewan union in case involving inappropriate comments during women-focused training

DECEMBER 2023

Dec. 27, 2023 – ‘Poor decision’: Purolator’s extension of COVID vaccine mandate past June 2022 unreasonable, says arbitrator

Dec. 20, 2023 – Engineer fired without cause via courier, accused of taking kickbacks and even murder, awarded nearly $600,000

Dec. 13, 2023 – Festive fun without the legal fallout: Tips for workplace holiday parties

Dec. 6, 2023 – Project manager at fireplace design firm awarded damages for wrongful dismissal, but court rejects his share entitlement claim

NOVEMBER 2023

Nov. 29, 2023 – Manager at motorhome dealership sentenced to six months’ prison for workplace sexual assault against two women

Nov. 22, 2023 – Former Sotheby’s real estate agent awarded 11 months’ severance after fixed-term contract terminated

Nov. 15, 2023 – What are the standards that employers are responsible for when it comes to harassment?

Nov. 8, 2023 – Courts have repeatedly breached 24-month cap on notice periods, specialized skills might be the factor: Rudner

Nov. 1, 2023 – 30-month notice period for former Avaya Canada worker upheld by Court of Appeal for Ontario

OCTOBER 2023

Oct. 25, 2023 – ‘Exceptional circumstances’: Ontario Court of Appeal upholds 27-month reasonable notice period for IBM worker

Oct. 18, 2023 – ‘Abusive, planned and deliberate’: B.C. court blasts China Southern Airlines’ conduct that tarnished worker’s reputation

Oct. 11, 2023 – Secret tapes in the workplace: Dismissal of senior analyst over covert recording upheld on appeal

Oct. 4, 2023 – ADR can be faster, easier route to find amicable solutions to workplace disputes: Stuart Rudner

SEPTEMBER 2023

Sept. 27, 2023 – Lawsuit alleging ‘poisoned and toxic work environment’ at 3M can proceed: Ontario court

Sept. 20, 2023 – B.C. Court of Appeal affirms ‘distinct’ difference between aggravated, punitive damages in employment law cases

Sept. 13, 2023 – Appeal court ends ‘grudge match’ between employer, worker over meeting and planning future employment with competitor

Sept. 6, 2023 – Calgary Transit worker, fired for refusing to vaccinate or test for COVID, awarded job back

AUGUST 2023

Aug. 30, 2023 – Bruce Power had cause to fire manager for schedule manipulation, policy breaches

Aug. 23, 2023 – NB Power justified in firing foreman with clean record for serious safety violation

Aug. 16, 2023 – Turning down the heat: Third-party mediation can resolve workplace conflict, repair relationships

Aug. 9, 2023 – Class action against BMO over vacation, holiday pay ‘provisionally’ certified by B.C. court

Aug. 2, 2023 – Rogers ordered to hand over information on termination packages, HR practices to former worker in wrongful dismissal suit

JULY 2023

July 26, 2023 – Court reporter, denied late starts to drop kids off at school, wasn’t discriminated against: Tribunal

July 19, 2023 – City of Nanaimo’s former CFO fired for personal use of credit card

July 12, 2023 – How to respond to a Ministry of Labour investigation

July 5, 2023 – Fired Toronto firefighter awarded loss of earnings benefits for work-related PTSD

JUNE 2023

June 28, 2023 – Navigating workplace investigations: Expert insights and best practices for employers

June 21, 2023 – Side hustle exposed: Worker fired for moonlighting during business hours

June 16, 2023 – Company’s ‘unconscious bias’ in firing of Black worker from transit project cited in $160,000 arbitration award

June 7, 2023 – Former PearTree president wins wrongful dismissal case, awarded $10K in punitive damages

MAY 2023

May 31, 2023 – Employer awarded $112,000 from former worker who quit, stole client in ‘flagrant’ breach of duty of good faith

May 24, 2023 – Man sentenced to jail for sexually assaulting co-worker

May 17, 2023 – B.C. man fired by text after disclosing he had Hepatitis C following workplace injury

May 10, 2023 – Man ordered to pay co-worker $50K for sexually harassing her at work, and at home, before getting her fired

May 3, 2023 – VP, fired while battling colon cancer, awarded $400K as court blasts ‘scorched earth’ defence

APRIL 2023

April 26, 2023 – Lessons from Lisa Laflamme, echoes from Julie Payette and the perils of a toxic workplace

April 19, 2023 – Airline’s argument fails – Canada Labour Code doesn’t allow for layoffs absent contractual right

April 12, 2023 – ‘Attempt to silence’: Employers $150 million counterclaim against worker dismissed

April 5, 2023 – Pregnant pizza server who had hours slashed and was fired awarded $35,000

MARCH 2023

March 29, 2023 – Alberta woman awarded workers’ comp for psychological injury caused by email forwarding

March 22, 2023 – Construction owner barred from human rights hearing for disrespectful conduct

March 15, 2023 – Unrepentant worker fired after discussing co-worker’s sexual orientation on podcast

March 8, 2023 – Edmonton can’t force its transit drivers to pay photo radar, red light tickets

March 1, 2023 – Secret recording made by fired worker highlighted ‘disturbing aspects’ of termination: Court

FEBRUARY 2023

Feb. 15, 2023 – IBM manager awarded 27 months’ notice by Ontario court in wrongful dismissal case

Feb. 8, 2023 – Canadian Forces soldier awarded PTSD benefits following off-duty sexual assault

Feb. 1, 2023 – Nova Scotia shipyard failed its duty to accommodate injured worker

JANUARY 2023

Jan. 25, 2023 – ‘Are you here again?’ retort from City of Toronto manager not harassment: Arbitrator

Jan. 18, 2023 – B.C. company wins time theft case against remote worker

Jan. 11, 2023 – China Southern Airlines hit with $100,000 in punitive damages in B.C. termination

Jan. 4, 2023 – Our editors ‘sat down’ with ChatGPT to talk employment law

DECEMBER 2022

Dec. 28, 2022 – Top 10 stories of the year on HR Law Canada

Dec. 21, 2022 – Sheridan College justified in firing worker who leaked materials to Rebel News

Dec. 14, 2022 – Worker’s secret audio recording of bosses OK: Alberta court

Dec. 7, 2022 – Pandemic did not nullify employment contracts at pub, says B.C. court

NOVEMBER 2022

Nov. 30, 2022 – Pub worker awarded $35,000 after being sexually harassed by owner

Nov. 23, 2022 – Bystanders have a huge role to play in reducing workplace harassment

Nov. 16, 2022 – Intek justified in firing worker who stymied accommodation efforts

Nov. 9, 2022 – Clumsy, expletive-filled meeting a bad idea: Court

Nov. 2, 2022 – Loss of company vehicle constructive dismissal: Ontario court

OCTOBER 2022

Oct. 26, 2022 – Housing executive fired for sexually harassing job candidate

Oct. 19, 2022 – Pay equity: What happens when a job class evolves from male to female?

Oct. 12, 2022 – Oracle’s just cause termination clause tossed by Ontario court for being too broad

Oct. 5, 2022 – Former employee entitled to see copy of workplace investigation: N.L. Supreme Court

SEPTEMBER 2022

Sept. 28, 2022 – Court slams HBC for walking long-serving manager, accused of no wrongdoing, out the front door of Toronto store

Sept. 22, 2022 – Man fired for slapping woman’s buttocks awarded termination pay under ESA by Ontario Court of Appeal

Sept. 14, 2022 – Baker awarded $25K in punitive damages after employer gave him choice between signing incriminating affidavit or keeping his job

Sept. 7, 2022 – Alberta employer justified in firing man who scrawled ‘I am not Muslim’ on his mask at work

AUGUST 2022

Aug. 31, 2022 – Executive chef didn’t have right recipe for constructive dismissal: B.C. court

Aug. 17, 2022 – Alberta doctor suspended after using inappropriate sexual language with colleagues

Aug. 10, 2022 – Vancouver hotel worker, sent packing during pandemic, awarded 18 months’ notice

Aug. 3, 2022 – Cop fired for inappropriate, offensive cookie pic wins job back