Amberber v. IBM Canada Limited: Termination clause fails to rebut employee’s entitlement to reasonable notice

Amberber v. IBM Canada Limited: Termination clause fails to rebut employee’s entitlement to reasonable notice

Vey Willetts LLP was recently successful in defeating a summary judgment brought by IBM Canada Limited. This decision, Amberber v. IBM Canada Limited, serves as an important reminder to employers of the need to draft contractual termination clauses with a high degree of clarity, or risk unanticipated liability in the event of a without cause dismissal.

North v. Metaswitch Networks: Ontario's Top Court Confirms the Correct Approach to Employee Severance

North v. Metaswitch Networks: Ontario's Top Court Confirms the Correct Approach to Employee Severance

A recent decision from Ontario's Court of Appeal, North v. Metaswitch Networks Corporation, confirms how the courts in our province will assess an employee's severance entitlement where his/her employment was governed by a written agreement that includes a termination provision.

Bad faith dismissal: is medical evidence required to prove damages?

Bad faith dismissal: is medical evidence required to prove damages?

A dismissal from employment is rarely pleasant for anyone involved. Frustration, anxiety and hurt feelings are all common by-products. But how do we assess whether an employee has suffered harm beyond the ordinary due to a poorly handled termination?

Paul Willetts Quoted in the Lawyer's Daily

Paul Willetts Quoted in the Lawyer's Daily

Vey Willetts lawyer Paul Willetts was quoted in the October 10, 2017 edition of The Lawyer's Daily. The article, "Timing, Privacy Issues Raised over Ontario's Proposed Domestic Violence Leave Bill," considers recent proposed legislation that seeks to provide employees with up to 10 days of paid leave, and up to 15 weeks of unpaid leave per year to deal with issues arising from episodes of domestic or sexual violence.

Q&A: Ontario Severance Packages and Termination of Employment

Q&A: Ontario Severance Packages and Termination of Employment

Q&A is a recurring series on the Vey Willetts LLP blog. The aim is to provide quick answers to questions we commonly encounter in our day-to-day practice of employment law. In this edition, we focus on how to navigate the loss of a job and ensure that you receive a fair severance package.

“Too pretty to drive a forklift”: Employee awarded considerable damages for workplace harassment and discrimination

“Too pretty to drive a forklift”: Employee awarded considerable damages for workplace harassment and discrimination

In a recent decision from Windsor, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered an employer to pay almost $60,000 in damages for the way in which a female employee was repeatedly harassed, insulted and humiliated by senior management.

Paul Willetts Quoted in the Ottawa Metro

Paul Willetts Quoted in the Ottawa Metro

Vey Willetts lawyer Paul Willetts was quoted in the August 21, 2017 edition of the Ottawa Metro News. The article, "Be Warned, Job Seekers: There is Such a Thing as a Bad Reference", considers a recent Ontario court case in which the owner of a company provided a negative reference to a prospective employer for an employee that it had recently fired. The prospective employer relied on the negative reference and decided not to offer a job to the individual. Consequently, the individual sued for wrongful dismissal and defamation.