Employment Contracts

Employee Wins Despite Corporate Shell Game

In Wisser v CEM International, 2022 ABQB 414, an employee was able to hold a related corporation and directors personally liable for severance.

27 June 2022
Alberta Employment Contract Failed to Limit Reasonable Notice

Bryant v Parkland, 2022 ABCA 2022 is a new Alberta Court of Appeal case where some employees’ severance was not affected by a termination clause.

20 June 2022
Labour Board Says Employer Improperly Deducted Training Costs

In Verge, 2022 CanLII 40453 (AB ESA) (Johnson), an Alberta employer’s deduction of training costs from an employee’s final cheque was disallowed.

30 May 2022
self-employed or employee
Self-employed or Employee? It Depends Who’s Asking and Why

Beach Place v Employment Standards, BCCA v 147 confirms that one worker can be an “employee” for one purpose and a “contractor for another.

9 May 2022
Size of Employer A Factor In Interpreting Employment Contract?

In Lawton v Syndicated Services, the court interpreted an employment contract in favor of an employer, it seems in part because it was a small company.

25 January 2022
Defective Release Found to Prevent Human Rights Complaint

An employee signed a release which was arguably problematic, but he was still prevented from bringing an Alberta human rights discrimination complaint.

4 January 2022
Disgruntled woman receiving improper pay.
Fixed-Term Fiasco: Rice v Shell (ABCA)

In Rice v Shell, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld a large severance award based on the employee being on a definite-term contract.

16 December 2021
Man looking at legal forms through a magnifying glass
The Matthews Hammer Swings Again: Termination Clause Ignored

Humphrey v Mene is a new Ontario case where a termination clause was invalidated in part because of an employer breach of the employment contract

12 October 2021
Disgruntled woman receiving improper pay.
Employer Made to Pay Bonus It Said Was “Discretionary”: Hy Pham Case

The employer declared a bonus early in the year. They paid half but said the rest was discretionary and they did not have to pay it. The court disagreed.

10 June 2021
Man and woman discussing fixed term employees.
Breaking the Fixed Term! New Koutsikaloudis Case In Alberta

An 18-year teacher who had 1 year contracts was considered an indefinite term employee entitled to severance plus aggravated damages for breach of duty of good faith. Litigated by our very own Sarah Coderre.

3 May 2021
Employment Contracts Under Attack!: Waksdale v Swegon North America is Stirring things Up

Why Employment Contracts are Under Attack In the world of employment law, legal counsel like us at Bow River Law…

9 April 2021

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