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Omer’s Case: Labour Law, Wrongful Dismissal and Duty to Accommodate

Background Omer had been working for Air Canada for ten years, doing a job he loved as an airline mechanic, when the company claimed he had abandoned the job. Following an altercation  with a co-worker, Omer was off work suffering from depression. Both he and the co-worker had been suspended, but Omer considered this was

Dilanka’s Case: Employment Law, Unjust Dismissal, and The Canada Labour Code

Background Dilanka was working in inventory control for a large Federally regulated employer. He was highly dedicated and conscientious, always looking for work and opportunities to grow in the company. His performance appraisals were glowing. Dilanka’s efforts were recognized with promotion and assignment to important projects, yet he hadn’t advanced as far as he thought

Overtime Class Actions Revisited

On June 25, 2009, I reported on the decision in Fresco v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in which a Superior Court judge refused to certify a class action for employees of CIBC claiming overtime pay. The issue has now been revisited in a proposed class action brought by employees of Scotiabank. In his decision

The City of Toronto Public Employees Strike

For some three weeks, public sector employees of the City of Toronto have been engaged in a lawful strike. The absence of garbage removal has understandably received the most attention. City workers have picketed at the entrance of transfer stations, at times interfering with access to those dump sites. This raises the question as to