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Mental vs. Physical Injuries: Canada’s Highest Court Clarifies

Should the courts treat mental and physical injuries differently when it comes to assessing damages? Find out in Richard Johnson‘s latest case law update, a review of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Saadati v. Moorehead, here.

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Severance liability, bad faith damages result of employer’s ambiguous standards (The Lawyer’s Daily)

Richard Johnson lends his insight on the Cottrill v. Utopia Day Spas and Salons Ltd. case relating to aggravated/bad faith damages in Lawyers Daily.

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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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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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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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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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The High Cost of Workplace Abuse

Contributor, Richard Johnson. Earlier this year, the Ontario Court of Appeal made an example of Mississauga employer Applied Consumer and Clinical Evaluations (ACCE ) when it ordered it to pay former employee Vicky Struckwick almost a quarter million dollars as compensation for her dismissal and the “campaign of abuse” she suffered in the workplace. The […]

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Richard Johnson’s Top 10 Employer Tips for 2016

Lawyer Richard Johnson, Contributor. Earlier this year, we posted lawyer Richard Johnson’s top ten employment law tips for employees in British Columbia. In the interests of equality and fairness, we thought it was high time we shared his employer tips. So, BC employers, here are RBJ’s top ten workplace law tips: When collecting personal employee […]

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