Entries by BirdRichard

Risks of Fixed-Term Contracts and Independent Contractor Agreements

In Covenoho v Pendylum Ltd., the Court of Appeal for Ontario quashed a lower court decision upholding the without cause termination of an employee under a fixed-term contract, and awarded her damages for the remainder of the term. The employer, Pendylum Ltd., entered into a contract with the employee which stated that she was to […]

Legislative Updates

Further to last May’s final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, the provincial government has announced its intent to implement measures to modify employment standards, including: • Raising Ontario’s general minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of […]

McDonald’s Franchisee Loses on Appeal

In our summer 2016 issue, we discussed an appeal underway in Brake v PJ-M2R Restaurant Inc. The central issues were whether the Employer, a McDonald’s franchise, had cause to dismiss the Plaintiff, Ms. Brake, and whether her mitigation income ought to have been offset against her damages award. On May 23, 2017, the Court of […]

Divisional Court sets aside an Award of Aggravated Damages

In Walker v Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 2017 ONSC 358, the Ontario Divisional Court set aside an award of aggravated damages stemming from a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought in the Small Claims Court. In December 23, 2013, the Plaintiff was suspended with pay while the employer, a local funeral home, conducted an investigation into inappropriate […]