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Failure to investigate employee’s story leads to finding of wrongful dismissal

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Manufacturing

In Tymko v. 4-D Warner Enterprises Ltd., 2018 BCSC 372, the BC Supreme Court ruled on a wrongful dismissal case arising out of a train derailment. The defendant alleged the plaintiff, a switchman, did not properly clear the tracks. The plaintiff claimed he did not receive appropriate training on what to do in the particular situation that led to the derailment.

Part of the plaintiff's story was that his radio must not have been working as the driver did not respond to his verbal cues to stop the train. The defendant alleged the plaintiff manufactured this excuse to cover up his neglect of duties.

The trial judge expressed reservations about the plaintiff's version of events, but found that the defendant's failure to investigate this ‘important claim’ must result in the plaintiff being given the benefit of the doubt.  read more »

Top 10 Employment Law Cases of 2016

Naomi E. Calla, a lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais, has written an article on the Top 10 Employment Law Cases of 2016.

The cases and her brief summaries are:  read more »

California passes legislation prohibiting employers from demanding access to personal social media accounts

Jurisdiction: - United States

California has passed legislation prohibiting employers from demanding access to employees' and job applicants' personal social media accounts. The text of the September 27, 2012 press release from the Govenor's office is as follows:

Governor Brown Signs Laws to Protect Privacy for Social Media Users

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today took to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and MySpace to announce that he has signed two bills that increase privacy protections for social media users in California.

Assembly Bill 1844 (Campos) and Senate Bill 1349 (Yee) prohibit universities and employers from requiring that applicants give up their email or social media account passwords.

"The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts," said Governor Brown.  read more »

Calgary Police Service breach privacy statute by accessing employee's personal email account, using photos

Jurisdiction: - Alberta

Here is April 30, 2012 news release that was issued by the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in relation to Order F2012-07, which was issued on April 20, 2012:

Calgary Police Service in contravention of Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

An Adjudicator with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has determined that the Calgary Police Service was in violation of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) when it accessed the personal email account of an individual.  read more »