The law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell has issued their, "Top 10 Employment And Labour Law Cases In 2013".
The cases on their list are set below. Note: the summaries with the cases are mostly my word-for-word cut and paste's from the original article:
1. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 v. Irving Pulp & Paper, Ltd., 2013 SCC 34
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that random alcohol testing in the workplace is prohibited unless the employer can prove that, in addition to having a dangerous workplace, there are other pressing factors such as an overt substance abuse problem in the workplace.
2. Pate Estate v. Harvey (Township), 2013 ONCA 669
The Ontario Court of Appeal agreed that the Township employer had severely mistreated the dismissed employee, but reduced the punitive damages award from $550,000 to $450,000. read more »
Chief did not have actual or ostensible authority to bind Indian band to wrongful dismissal settlement agreement
In Clayton v. Lower Nicola Indian Band, 2013 BCSC 162, the BC Supreme Court found, by way of a summary trial, that the then chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band did not have actual or ostensible authority to bind the band to a wrongful dismissal settlement agreement with its former executive director.
In a previous reported decision involving these parties - Clayton v. Lower Nicola Indian Band, 2011 BCSC 525 - it was disclosed that the settlement agreement provided for a $100,000 payment to the former executive director, who had been in her position for just under two years (January 14, 2008 to January 8, 2010).
BC HR Tribunal awards $900 in costs against former employee who tried to resile from settlement agreement
In Edwards v. Schnitzer Steel Pacific, 2012 BCHRT 335, the BC Human Rights Tribunal:
- granted the employer's application to dismiss the former employee's human rights complaint under section 27(1)(d)(ii) of the BC Human Rights Code; and
- awarded the employer $900 in costs due to the fact that the former employee had tried to resile from a settlement agreement that he had previously entered into, with the assistance of his lawyer, with the employer.
Court sets aside release signed by employee after employment terminated on basis it was unconscionable
A case summary by Landon Young & Jeremy Schwartz, at the firm of Stringer, can be found here: "Court Strikes Down Release Signed on Termination of Employment".
"Tax Considerations for Employment Related Settlements" (November 4, 2010) is the title of a paper prepared by Natasha Miklaucic for the Borden Ladner Gervais 13th Annual Labour & Employment Group Symposium.