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Parallel Claims: Human Rights and Civil Claim at the Same Time?

Melnyk v RBC, 2022 AHRC is a new Alberta Human Rights matter where an employer failed to have a parallel human rights action stayed.

16 May 2022
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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
A construction worker that has been affected by covid-19
Shift Change and Lay-Off Discrimination in Alberta

Woods v North American, 2022 AHRC 26 is a new Alberta Human Rights Tribunal case where an employee with acid reflux was discriminated against

2 May 2022
Successful DFR Case Explains Union Obligations in Alberta

In Abay v CLAC, 2022 (ALRB), the CLAC union was found to have breached its Duty of Fair Representation to a member employee in Alberta.

25 April 2022
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26 Month Reasonable Notice (Severance) Upheld In Currie Appeal

Currie v Nylene, 2022 ONCA 209 is a new appeal decision where an exceptional 26 month severance award was upheld.

18 April 2022
Verbal Human Rights Settlement Agreement Upheld

Therien v Arbor Memorial Services is an Alberta Human Rights case where a complainant tried unsuccessfully to get out of a verbal settlement agreement.

11 April 2022
Professional Accountant Fined for Unprofessional Conduct

In Nguyen (Re), 2021 ABCPA 14, an accountant had to pay fines for advertising and conducting public accounting in Alberta without proper registration

4 April 2022
Discriminatory Employment Termination of Alcoholic in Alberta

In Gregg v Canwel, 2022 AHRC 28, an alcoholic employee in Alberta was terminated due to absenteeism, and this was found to be discrimination.

28 March 2022
Manager Vendetta = No Just Cause And Increased Notice Period

In Baker v Weyerhaeuser, 2022 ABCA 83, the Alberta Court of Appeal found no just cause and increased notice period due to the Manager’s vendetta.

21 March 2022
Another 24 Month Severance Award In Alberta

In Oostlander v Cervus, 2022 ABQB 200, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench awarded 24 months’ severance to a non-management employee.

14 March 2022
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COVID Economic Downturn Not Frustration of Employment Contract

Verigen v Ensemble Travel, 2021 BCSC 1934, is a new case where an employer had to pay severance despite decline in business due to COVID

7 March 2022
Zarooben Case
WCB Drops the Ball In Zarooben Case

Zarooben v WCB is a new Alberta Court of Appeal case which determined that the WCB had improperly weighed medical evidence in denying a claim.

28 February 2022
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Calgary mayor's former chief of staff receives $104K payout after 3 months on job April 27, 2022
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Vaccine backlash: Calgary oil giant facing dozens of lawsuits from former employees over COVID-19 shot April 22, 2022
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Calgary man says he's owed $25K in unpaid wages by software company April 20, 2022
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Why is HR failing when it comes to harassment complaints? April 5, 2022
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2021 Employment Law Alberta Year in Review December 2, 2021
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Fired for violating COVID-19 protocols September 6, 2021
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Calgary employment lawyer explains what lifting mask and isolation requirements mean for the workplace July 30, 2021
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Could you be fired for refusing vaccination? July 23, 2021
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Could mandatory vaccinations become a condition of employment in some sectors? April 14, 2021
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Webber Academy asks judge to overturn Muslim prayer order April 1, 2021
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