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What is Just Cause?

Many people find themselves asking, just what is Just Cause? Just Cause is a legal term which means that if an employee is terminated based on their own misconduct then their employer need not pay them any notice. Effectively the employee has breached the contract of employment by their actions and so their employer has …

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Independent Contractors Can Be Owed Notice

In a world of increasing contract and part-time work, many people believe that they are not entitled to receive notice due to termination of their contact because they are independent contractors. However, the law is clear that in some instances those labelled as independent contractors can be entitled to notice. Many Independent Contractors Are Actually …

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Can My Employer Terminate Me While On Disability Leave?

Employers sometimes attempt to cancel their contracts with employees who have been on Long Term Disability (LTD) for a long period of time. When this occurs they often rely on the principle of frustration of contract. Principles of Frustration of Contract Frustration of contract is an ancient contract law principle. In situations where an intervening …

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Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Insurance

A question that often arises is whether terminated employees should apply for Employment Insurance (EI) when they believe that they might have an outstanding claim against their employer for wrongful dismissal. What is EI? Employment Insurance can be a very helpful bridge for those who have been terminated since depending on the number of qualifying …

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Suggestions For The Suddenly Unemployed From an Employment Lawyer

When you have found yourself suddenly unemployed your next steps are critical to where you end up next and your quality of life going forward. Whether it is called a layoff, or a downsizing, unless you are unionized these words mean exactly the same thing: termination. So, if you are found suddenly unemployed you should …

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