Earl Altman


Overtime Rules in Ontario

Overtime rules under the Ontario Employment Standards Act can give rise to unexpected liability for employers. The Act requires employers to pay at least time and a half for all hours worked by an employee in excess of 44 hours…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Avoiding liability when dealing with sick employees

Employers in Ontario must be cautious when dealing with sick employees. The employer must first determine whether the employee's illness constitutes a disability. If it does, the employer may have obligations under the Human…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Employees with Illnesses: walking the line between accommodation and discrimination

Two recent decisions of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal considered the issue of how employers must deal with disabled employees. The Tribunal considered whether employers can terminate the employee who is unable to work due…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Ontario Court of Appeal Rejects Double Counting

In decision released on August 22, 2010, The Alberta Court of Appeal accepted and affirmed the trend of Canadian Appeal courts to limit the scope of damages for wrongful dismissal to harm arising solely from the failure to give…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law


The Ontario Superior Court considered whether a lengthy and unapproved absence form work constituted cause for dismissal. The Court held, that as the company's policy on leaves of absence was ambiguous, the company could not…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law
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