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Recent Court Successes

February 28th, 2024 in V&H News

At Vice and Hunter, we are not just representing you and your rights, but the broader legal implications on your community and the judicial system. Here are some of our most recent success stories: Thorman v. McGraw, 2022 at the Court of Appeal.  A successful YouTube creator, brought a defamation claim to Vice & Hunter.  […]

Employer Rights – Time Theft in the Workplace

February 7th, 2023 in Employment & Severance

Time theft refers to when employees actively engage in activities not related to their job while they are being paid by their employer. It can include things like personal phone calls, internet browsing, or even taking long breaks. In some cases, employees are billing for time they did not work, using their work time to […]

Jennifer Gravel Vanasse is the 2022 recipient of the CCLA Paralegal Award!

July 28th, 2022 in V&H News

The CCLA Paralegal Award is given to a paralegal who is most deserving of recognition for great diligence, devotion to professional duties and for advancing the ideals and bringing credit to the paralegal profession. Those who will receive the award will have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the paralegal profession, whether in […]

The IDEL and Constructive Dismissal

November 11th, 2021 in Employment & Severance

On June 7, 2021, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released another decision on the issue of whether an employee who has been temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been constructively dismissed pursuant to the common law. In pre-COVID times, an employee who had not previously agreed to be subject to temporary […]

Covid: Extended Termination Entitlements

August 3rd, 2021 in Employment & Severance

After seventeen months of a living in a global pandemic, it’s certainly beginning to feel like we’re reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Friends and families can gather, restaurants have reopened, recreational sports are back in action and we can all get a long overdue haircut. From a legal perspective, the receding […]

Court Decisions on Covid Layoffs Uneven

July 22nd, 2021 in Employment & Severance

As more and more Canadians get vaccinated, we have begun to see the effects of the pandemic slowly fading. Businesses are starting to operate again and employees are finally getting back to the office. In fact, some employees who were purportedly “temporarily laid off” during the pandemic are now being recalled to work. As we […]

Temp Lay-Offs are Constructive Dismissal

May 12th, 2021 in Employment & Severance

Overview As the pandemic continues to persist throughout Canada and with increasing restrictions being implemented by the Ontario government, more and more employers and employees are forced to reconsider their rights and legal obligations. The amendments made to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (“ESA”) by the Ontario government on May 29, […]

Changing the Game in Employment Law

April 3rd, 2021 in Employment & Severance

The ravages of the Court of Appeal decision in Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc. are being felt.  As mentioned in our previous blogs, this decision is impacting almost every employment contract in the province.  It is sending employers scrambling to update their employment contracts to address this new reality.  Many employees who would only […]

Courts and Legal Cases During COVID-19

March 8th, 2021 in V&H News

The four-term English Prime Minister and renowned statesman, William Gladstone, said that justice delayed is justice denied.  While that may be true when the wheels of justice are intentionally slowed to deny a party’s rights, it is certainly not emblematic of the Courts’ recent efforts to ensure that justice continues to be efficiently served in […]

Case on Termination Clauses Denied Leave

February 1st, 2021 in Employment & Severance

As we discussed in a previous blog, the decision in Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc., 2020 ONCA 391 has an impact on the enforceability of most employment contracts in Ontario. When the decision was rendered, it left many employers scrambling to properly update their employment contracts, while providing a far greater number of dismissed […]

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