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Federal employee rights boosted

Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Philippe Bélisle

In the Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. 2016 SCC 29 case, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that federally regulated employers must always provide reasons for the termination of their employees, contrary to the general common law principle that non-unionized employees can be dismissed without cause if they are given reasonable notice or pay in lieu.

As a result, progressive discipline will be necessary in all cases except for serious misconduct. This therefore represents a major adjustment for federally regulated...