Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Decision Awards $200,000 to Wrongfully Dismissed Cancer Patient

The decision came out last month and Ms. Altman won a sweeping victory. The judge awarded her 22 months salary, a host of other payments and tacked on $55,000 in “moral” and punitive damages, bringing the total above $200,000. Steve's isn't appealing and a company official declined comment.

Click here to read the full article on the Globe and Mail

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Employee fired for cause still gets $25,000

From Moneyville.ca:

In an unusual case, a court awarded a big chunk of cash to a man who was fired for being persistently late for work and making defective airplane parts. This decision highlights the difference in the common law and statutory definitions of "just cause" for termination.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Haines ruled that although Stephanus Oosterbosch was fired for good reasons, he was entitled to both termination and severance pay under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) of over $25,000 in total.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Migrant workers getting help

Local migrant workers could harvest some workplace improvements if an area legal agency has its way.

The Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic (CALC) has arranged with the Law Commission of Ontario to hold two consultations — one with service providers such as the Quinte United Immigrant Services and Hastings County Ontario Works and the other with vulnerable workers — to discuss the nuances of labour law and the enforcement of those laws might be improved to help workers who are vulnerable due to economic status, income level, gender, age and disability.

The closed consultation sessions began Wednesday. The sessions are aimed at providing input to the law commission to help tighten some sections and even loopholes in labour law as it pertains to vulnerable employees such as migrant workers.

Read the full story: Intelligencer

Read more about the Vulnerable Workers project from the Law Commission of Ontario