Draft covenants with care

March 17, 2017

The case of Donaldson Travel has been added to the long list of cautionary tales for employers who are drafting restrictive covenants in employment contracts.

Busted for pornography at work… what are the consequences for employees?

March 3, 2017

Access to the Internet is now a fixture in Canadian workplaces and pornography can be accessed in seconds by a few keystrokes and the click of a mouse. This has created unique problems for employers, who are faced with making decisions about employees caught electronically accessing, storing or distributing pornography at work or on employer-owned devices.

Joint Bank Accounts – Are they a good idea?

October 1, 2016

We have often heard the quote from Benjamin Franklin that ‘In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes’, and in the 21st Century that statement remains true. When a person dies, depending on the value of their assets before death, the deceased’s estate may have to pay estate administration tax, formerly known as ‘probate fees’. The estate administration tax is charged on the total value of the deceased’s estate.

Bequests Against Public Policy – Restrictions and conditions on inheritance

September 1, 2016

Recent newspaper and magazine articles have reported that a surprisingly high percentage of Canadians do not have Wills. In my opinion, not having a Will is not a good idea. You owe it to your heirs to create some sort of pathway or guide to what you want to do with your assets. It will make finalizing your affairs following your death much easier for your family.

Earned Bonuses: Payable Upon Termination?

August 16, 2016

With its recent decision of Paquette v. TeraGo Networks Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal offered some much-needed clarification regarding the payment of bonuses during the reasonable notice period.

How Could Phoenix Payroll Land the Feds in Hot Water? Let Us Count the Ways

August 3, 2016

Since February, federal public service employees have been suffering a huge range of payroll problems as a result of the Federal Government switching to the new Phoenix payroll system. These payroll aberrations have put many employees in desperate situations. Unfortunately, these problems are neither new nor unique. Previous case law on these issues indicates that the Federal Government could face serious repercussions as a result of the Phoenix mess.

Tips On Navigating Tricky Mitigation Waters

July 8, 2016

Mitigation can be difficult, especially if this is the first time a client is going through the process, whether it be an employee or an employer. Even once your client understands the concept, it can be hard for them to maintain mitigation, as it is an ongoing issue until the claim is resolved.