Human Rights, Extraordinary Remedies: New Case Highlights Advantages For Employees of Using Human Rights over the Court System

A recent Human Rights case highlights the vastly different remedies available to employees in the Human Rights system versus the civil courts. After a 13-day hearing, the complainant in Pratt v University of Alberta received: compensation for 18 months’ lost wages, well exceeding pay in lieu of reasonable notice; general damages, including for mental distress; … Read more

Bonus Policies and Wrongful Dismissal Damages: Recent Cases Clarify How Employers Can Avoid Bonus Payments over the Notice Period

Companies generally don’t want to pay their dismissed employees bonuses that accrue after the termination date. But drafting policies to achieve that is easier said than done. The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision Dawe v The Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, 2019 ONCA 512, provides an important example of a policy that was … Read more