Law is Cool: The Supreme Court of Canada decides how to define “employee” for the purposes of human rights legislation

By:  Hermione Shou The Supreme Court of Canada decided on the definition of an “employee” in the McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP case on May 22, 2014.  This case sets a precedent for management in many professional firms, especially partnerships, as it identifies what factors distinguish employees from partners.  It also sets out what ...

Law is Cool: Some Aspects of Attendance at Work Obligations in Ontario

Our Canadian labour and employment system in Ontario functions under Collective Bargaining, Common Law, and Employment Standards Act (ESA) regimes. A selection of cases can help demonstrate how these three regimes manage to regulate the amount of work and attendance obligations of employees in Ontario.  McGavin and the Falconbridge cases, outline some of the perimeters ...