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Published on: 12 Jul 2012 By

Performance management is not “harassment”!

Words are important.  Words like “bullying” and “harassment” are especially important because they refer to improper conduct which can result in negative legal consequences.  But too often, employees don’t understand the legal definition of these words.  Today, I’m particularly annoyed by em…

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Published on: 6 Jul 2012 By

Climate crisis: Insurers Tell Weather Like It Is

Our federal government does not like to talk about climate change, so the Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a hard hitting report on the damage that climate change is already causing in Canada: Telling the Weather Story: Can Canada Manage the Storms Ahead?  This is the same message tha…

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Published on: 27 Jun 2012 By

Ontario’s Court of Appeal Certifies Class Actions Questioning Overtime Policies

It turns out CIBC and Scotiabank will be required to defend their overtime policies against class actions by employees, according to the Court of Appeal. The banks had successfully defended certification motions in the lower courts on the grounds that the issues were not “common” enough amon…

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Published on: 25 Jun 2012 By

Minimizing Liability Now That The 24-Month Cap on Reasonable Notice Is In Question

Although we often tell clients that determining the reasonable notice period in any given situation is more art than science, one thing we’ve felt confident about is the 24-month cap – unless there are exceptional circumstances, no matter how much seniority an employee has and no matter what…

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