Employment and Insurance Law Blog

Don’t Touch My Wages! Withholding Pay from Employees

by Samfiru Tumarkin

Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 8:02 am

At Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, we often hear our employees telling us about employers withholding pay or deducting monies from their pay. “My employer is withholding monies from my pay cheque”. “My employer says that I went on too long a lunch and is deducting the time from my wages”. “My employer doesn’t want to pay… Read more »

Bullying in the Workplace

by Lauren Berdock

Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Hostility in the workplace destroys employee morale and productivity. For this reason, it is imperative that employers to be proactive and create an environment where employees are encouraged to speak out if they feel victimized. Unlike name-calling in the playground, workplace bullying can take on many forms and is not always quite so overt. In… Read more »


Severance for Salespeople

by Jon Pinkus

Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Like all other employees, those working in sales whose employment is terminated without cause are entitled to be paid severance. However, it has become an increasing practice in today’s economy for employers to classify their salespeople as “independent contractors”, and then pay these salespeople through separate corporations without making the statutory withholding required for employees,… Read more »


Refusing Recommended Medical Treatment: The Duty to Mitigate

by Michael Gerhard

Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 8:00 am

When does a plaintiff in a personal injury action have an obligation to accept recommended medical treatment in an effort to mitigate her injuries and how can her losses be reduced if she fails to fulfill such obligation? The so-called “duty to mitigate” derives from the general proposition that a plaintiff cannot recover from the… Read more »


Non-Unionized Federal Workers Are Protected from Arbitrary Dismissals

by Lumi Pungea

Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 9:26 pm

This article by Lumi Pungea was originally published by the Ontario Bar Association. Read the original here. From time to time an employment law decision comes along that resonates beyond the specialized legal blogs and into the mainstream news. Take Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., 2016 SCC 29. When the decision was released… Read more »