Ontario Court Confirms that Unwanted Management is not a Constructive Dismissal


Time Published on November 05, 2018 User Stringer LLP

A recent case from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirms that employers remain able to manage their workplace even when employees disagree or are unhappy with how they are managed.

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Suspensions: Caution Required


Time Published on July 18, 2018 User Stringer LLP

A recent case from the Ontario Court of Appeal highlights the risks of using suspensions, particularly unpaid ones, but also provides insight as to how employers may implement them.

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Constructive dismissal? A question of interpretation


Time Published on April 05, 2017

Would it be a constructive dismissal to refuse to pay an employee the third of a million dollars you owe him? Perhaps not.

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Time Published on August 20, 2013

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Solid evidentiary burden to prove constructive dismissal due to poisoned work environment


Time Published on August 14, 2013

The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a finding of constructive dismissal for lack of sufficient evidence, providing an insight into the proof required to assert such claims.

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New Employment Contract Term Triggers Constructive Dismissal


Time Published on March 06, 2013

A recent decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Sabbah v. University of Ottawa, demonstrates how mistakes in presenting new employment contracts to current employees can inadvertently trigger a constructive dismissal.

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When does a change in hours of work constitute a constructive dismissal?


Time Published on August 30, 2012

In Dechene v. Dr. Khurrum Ashraf Dentistry, an employee who had been employed by a verbal agreement was provided with a proposed new written employment agreement. The employee currently worked 32 hours per week in a part-time position. The new written employment agreement provided that the employer had the right to require the employee to work up to 48 hours in any given week. The language of the agreement provided, “the employee shall recognize the absolute right given to the employe[r] under the Employment Standards Act of Ontario to schedule the employee to work up to 48 hours in any given week”

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Landmark Decision on Certification of ESA Class Actions and Constructive Dismissal


Time Published on April 25, 2012

Ontario’s Divisional Court has upheld a lower court ruling refusing to certify a class action for statutory notice and severance pay, and in the process provided helpful guidance interpreting an earlier Ontario Court of Appeal decision on constructive dismissal.

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Court finds employee did not condone changes after 15 months


Time Published on April 12, 2011

The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that an employee who continued to work for 15 months following a change in his terms and conditions of employment had not condoned the change and could claim damages for constructive dismissal.  Read more about this surprising decision and key lessons for employers to learn in our Latest Update.

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