Long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits provide income supplement when one is not able to work for reasons related to injury or illness. Typically, one has access LTD benefits through a group health benefits plan with their employer. If you become totally disabled and unable to work because of injury or illness, you should consult with your […]
What Happens to my Stock Options if I am Terminated?
Over the past few decades the Courts in Ontario have developed a significant amount of jurisprudence regarding an employee’s entitlements to various forms of compensation upon termination, including health benefits, commissions, bonuses, and pension plans. It is well established in the law that an employee is entitled to their total compensation for the duration of […]
Human Rights and the Duty to Accommodate Employees in the Workplace
The Ontario Human Rights Code protects employees from discrimination in employment on the basis of disability and requires that employers accommodate employees to the point of undue hardship. Last year the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario had the opportunity to consider a case of alleged discrimination in employment on the basis of disability and failure […]
Talos v. Grand Erie District School Board: A Case of Employee Benefits and Age Discrimination
While not required by law, extended health benefits are a fairly common benefit provided by employers to their employees. Group health benefits typically include health and dental coverage, prescription drug, and life insurance. However, not all policies are created, or delivered, equally. In 2006, the Ontario Human Rights Code (“Code”) was amended to prohibit mandatory […]
Sale of a Business, New Employment Contract, Resignation: What Impacts Years of Service when Calculating Termination Notice and Severance?
Ariss v NORR Limited Architects & Engineers, 2019 ONCA 449 is recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the effect a sale of a business and numerous employment contracts have on an employee’s years of service for the purpose of calculating the notice period at termination of employment. Ariss, the plaintiff, was a […]
What Can Happen if I Resign from my Job and Change My Mind?
Last year, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on the issue of a dismissed employee’s length of service for the purpose of calculating reasonable notice in a situation where that employee signed several successive employment contracts with her employer over the course of nearly 20 years of employment. The case of Theberge-Lindsay v. 3395022 Canada […]