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Reference letters: The good, the bad and the tombstone (The Lawyer’s Daily)

By Richard Johnson. (This article originally appeared in the July 25, 2017 issue of The Lawyer’s Daily.) Sometimes there are clear-cut instances where an employee has committed misconduct that gives an employer just cause to dismiss the employee. However, obvious instances of just cause are rare indeed. The overwhelming majority of dismissals are without cause […]

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Case shows transparency is key in assessing employee performance: AdvocateDaily.com

A recent B.C. Supreme Court decision confirms that employers must be fair and transparent when assessing performance and dismissing employees — and failing to do so can result in severance liability and additional damages, lawyer Richard Johnson writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read the full article here.

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The Canada Labour Code vs. The Courts: The Devil is in the Details

By Richard Johnson. In Canada, most non-unionized employees have one primary means of recourse (absent a human rights claim) for challenging a dismissal: litigation through our civil court system. For non-unionized employees working in a federally governed industry such as air transportation or banking or for a First Nation, however, there are two primary options: […]

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Look to employment contract to assess entitlement after harassment: AdvocateDaily.com

For those seeking compensation after enduring workplace harassment, their employment contract is often a significant indicator of how much money they could receive in a claim.

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Parents’ Rights at Work: Today’s Parent Magazine

For those parents who aren’t aware of their workplace rights, Richard Johnson provides a helpful primer in the May issue of Today’s Parent on how human rights and employment standards law work to protect them on the job.

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How to handle age discrimination at work: AdvocateDaily.com

Individuals are entitled to protection against discrimination because of their age, but it is important to consult a lawyer quickly if legal action is required

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Aggravated damages awarded to spa worker in wrongful dismissal: AdvocateDaily.com

A skincare therapist has been awarded $15,000 in aggravated damages for the bad-faith conduct of her employer in a wrongful dismissal case, says Kent employment lawyer Richard Johnson, who represented the woman in the lawsuit.

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Negotiate first to avoid unsatisfactory severance, bonus payouts: AdvocateDaily.com

Employees should carefully review and negotiate their agreements before starting a new job to ensure their severance and termination clauses are acceptable.

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The Power of a Well-Written Bonus Plan: Bois v. MD Physician Services

By Richard Johnson. A recent decision from the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice serves as a strong reminder to both employers and employees about the importance of well-drafted written employment terms. The terms at issue in Bois v. MD Physician Services Inc. related to the plaintiff’s bonus, and meant the difference between a significant incentive payment […]

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Richard Johnson Quoted in Lawyers Daily: Bill 177

Richard Johnson lends his insight on the recent legislative changes around Domestic Violence Leave in Lawyers Daily.

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