Two lawyers at McMillan - Paul Boshyk and George Waggott - have written an article for the firm's January 2014 labour and employment bulletin, "To Pay Vacation Pay, Or Not Pay Vacation Pay: That Is The Question".
The article addresses the obligation to compensate a dismissed employee for vacation pay over the notice period. The authors focus on the following Ontario cases:
- Cronk v Canadian General Insurance Co., (1995), 25 OR (3d) 505 (ONCA)
- Garvin v Rockwell International of Canada Ltd., 1993 CarswellOnt 966 (Ct J (GD))
- Emery v Royal Oak Mines Inc., 1995 CarswellOnt 456 (Ct J (GD))
Supreme Court of Canada confirms that pension benefits should not be deducted from notice period damages
In IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman, 2013 SCC 70, the majority (7/2) of the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that pension benefits should not be deducted from notice period damages. In doing so, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the decisions of the BC Court of Appeal and the BC Supreme Court. My summary of the BC Supreme Court's ruling, which sets out the facts, can be found here.
In the majority ruling the Supreme Court of Canada summarized its ruling as follows: read more »
Ontario appeal court discusses when a poisoned work environment can give rise to a constructive dismissal
In General Motors of Canada Limited v. Johnson, 2013 ONCA, the Ontario Court of Appeal discussed the legal test for when a poisoned work environment can give rise to a constructive dismissal. Specifically, it stated: read more »