12 Jun 2017
June 12, 2017

NDP + GREENS = LABOUR CODE CHANGES

British Columbia is known for wild swings in labour legislation.  In 1992 when the NDP formed government 40+ changes were introduced to the Labour Relations Code (“Code”) most of which were in favour of unions.  Not surprisingly union density rose dramatically as the balance of power was heavily tipped in favour of unions.  When the.. read more →

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a trial judge’s award of $104,000 based on a notice period of 20 months for a long-serving McDonald’s restaurant manager. Esther Brake worked at various McDonald’s restaurants for more than 25 years.  She joined the Defendant employer organization in Ottawa in 1999.  She was terminated on August 2nd.. read more →

Important changes to the Small Claims court became effective June 1st 2017. First the monetary jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court increases from $25,000 to $35,000.  This change has been considered for a number of years and the government had originally considered a move to $50,000.  Whether further increases to the monetary jurisdiction will be.. read more →

Cary Feldstein was a talented software engineer who was given working notice of termination in 2012 by his then employer MacDonald, Dettwiler (“MDA”).  He had lots of opportunities to find alternate work as the judge found it was a “hot market” for software engineers although he only received two interviews despite sending out resumes to.. read more →

Jennifer Cottrill worked as a skin care therapist for 11 years.  She was a single mom who was terminated when she was 32 years old. The Plaintiff signed an employment contract that limited her notice period to that under the Employment Standards Act, namely 8 weeks’ severance. The Defendant argued it had just cause to.. read more →