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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

Key employment law cases in 2019 briefcasesm2.jpg

With 2019 firmly behind us, we have reviewed the top cases of 2019 and narrowed our selection to five cases. In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed constructive dismissal in Morningstar v. Hospitality Fallsview Holdings Inc. 2019 ONWSIAT 2324 and the definition of dependent contractors in Thurston v. Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) 2019 ONCA 640. What follows are the remaining three cases. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 10:42 AM

Who’s afraid of big bad U.S. immigration policies? wolf_closeup_sm

The U.S. system of immigration is, right now, a story of well-intentioned players and the wolf lurking in the woods. While the media loves to focus on asylum and refugee issues, the impact of shifting U.S. immigration policies on businesses is being largely ignored on the pages of history. It’s a dangerous oversight, and one that will likely come back to bite the U.S. if policymakers are not savvy enough to see that their policies might devour what they love most — economic success and the country’s position as the home of some of the most successful businesses in the world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 12:36 PM

New Toronto partner for Hicks Morley

Hicks Morley announced that Stephanie Jeronimo has joined the firm’s partnership. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 12:27 PM

No clarity on early termination of fixed-term contracts | Stuart Rudner

An individual is hired to work for a company for a period of one year, perhaps as a replacement for someone on pregnancy/parental leave. Six months later, the company decides that it no longer needs them, perhaps because the employee on leave has decided to return early. If the company terminates the contract, how much notice or pay in lieu is the employee entitled to? And does the plaintiff have a duty to mitigate? We often say “it depends” but in this case, the answer may depend on where you are in the country. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 10:19 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

SCC’s Wagner, Moldaver and Martin key to majorities in 2019 as top court divides in most judgments TLD Exclusive

Justices Michael Moldaver and Sheilah Martin and Chief Justice Richard Wagner were at the core of most Supreme Court of Canada majorities in 2019, an analysis of the nine judges’ voting patterns by The Lawyer’s Daily reveals. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

New Toronto partners for Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright LLP announced the election of Philip Aubry, Tracy Bergeron and Sahar Cadili as new partners in the firm’s Toronto office, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

Saucy tweet results in for cause termination of employee ouchtweet

Fastenal Canada terminated B.C. employee Hussien Mehaidi for expressing his outrage on Twitter for the company’s Christmas gift of Gets Sauced BBQ sauce and a company branded wooden scraper. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:41 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec TLD Exclusive

The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 1:04 PM

Top Ontario employment law cases of 2019 briefcase

Last year was a year full of changes in employment law. Aside from the many legislative changes on both the provincial and federal fronts, our courts (and some administrative tribunals) created new law, affirmed existing legal concepts and overturned others. With 2019 firmly behind us, we reviewed the top cases of 2019 and narrowed our selection of the top five cases to the following, in no particular order of importance. Two cases will be addressed in this first part of a two-part series, three others in part two. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 7:52 AM

The Sussexes are coming: Immigration and the Royals Crown_gold_sm

On Jan. 13, 2020, Queen Elizabeth released a statement announcing a period of transition in which Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and their young son, Archie, would spend time in Canada and the U.K. ... [read more]