Maureen Stock, a single mother, worked for Oak Bay Marina for 20 years as a sales agent.  She was dismissed on August 5, 2015 for cause.  The employer alleged she had engaged in improper conduct by “marking” guest reservations as her own when, in fact, she had not made contact with the guests. The matter.. read more →

04 Jan 2018
January 4, 2018


The most common question from clients with respect to terminations without cause and without notice in the absence of an enforceable employment agreement is “How Much Notice?”.  Courts will look at four key elements to determine how much is reasonable notice:  age, length of service, position and the availability of similar employment having regard to.. read more →

12 Jun 2017
June 12, 2017


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 →