Playing With Fire – Constructive Dismissal and Mitigation

In what can only be described as a Pyrrhic victory, a recent Ontario Superior Court summary judgment decision highlights the employment risks present in temporary lay-offs during a business downtown. This decision is a strong reminder that lay-offs are not an automatic contractual right and can trigger a constructive dismissal claim. This decision also confirms that employees must take offers of re-employment seriously when alleging constructive dismissal.

Payback Time: Property Insurer Entitled to Repayment

The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision of Gore Mutual insurance Company v. Carlin confirms that contracts of indemnity are meant to indemnify an actual loss and not provide a windfall. The facts, surprisingly, are straight forward. The respondents carried on a...

Can LTD Benefits Frustrate an Employment Contract?

The recent decision of Roskaft v. RONA Inc., 2018 ONSC 2934, sheds some light on when an employer can successfully claim frustration of contract when an employee is in receipt of long-term disability benefits. The facts of this case were fairly straight forward. The...

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