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Gender bias in severance settlements, says UVIC professor Dr. Ken Thornicroft

Ken Thornicroft is a well known labour and employment law academic and adjudicator in BC.

He is currently a professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and a member of the BC Employment Standards Tribunal.

Recently he has been studying the issue of gender bias in negotiated  and wrongful dismissal severance awards, and presented a paper that touched on this topic at the CLEBC Employment Law Conference in 2011. That paper can be found here: "Appellate Review of "Reasonable Notice" Awards in Canada: 2000-2010".

On June 4, 2012, UVIC issued this news release concerning his research:

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"After Acquired Cause"

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

This is not a new paper but is a new addition to my WebSource. Michael A. Watt, of Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang, wrote a paper on "After Acquired Cause" for the Employment Law Conference (Continuing Legal Education Society of BC) in May 2005. 

The paper addresses the following issues:

Supreme Court of Canada will not hear appeal of Roman Catholic priest's unsuccessful constructive dismissal claim

Jurisdiction: - Ontario
Sector: - Religion

The Supreme Court of Canada announced on May 17, 2012 that the application for leave to appeal in Hart v. Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Kingston was dismissed without costs, meaning the top court won't hear the case.

In a decision issued on November 22, 2011 -Hart v. Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Kingston, in Canada, 2011 ONCA 728 - the Ontario Court of Appeal ("ONCA") had ruled that the court did not have jurisdiction over the priest's constructive dismissal claim, upholding the decision of the Ontario Superior Court.

Specifically, the ONCA stated:  read more »

SCC to hear Quebec case on impact of sale of business, wrongful dismissal on enforceability of non-compete

Jurisdiction: - Quebec

The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear the appeal in Yannick Payette, Mammoet Canada Eastern Ltd., successor to Mammoet Crane Inc. v. Guay inc. (Que. C.A., Dec. 12, 2011) (34662).

As set out in the Court's summary, the key issue on appeal is whether the Quebec Court of Appeal erred in applying a non-competition clause despite the broad scope of the clause and the wrongful termination of employment relationship in light of the Civil Code regime.

By way of background, the Court's summary states:  read more »

Top court to address whether pension benefits should be deducted when assessing wrongful dismissal damages

The Supreme Court of Canada announced on April 5, 2012 that it would be hearing the appeal in IBM Canada Limited v. Richard Waterman.

This case, from BC, concerns whether pension benefits from an employer funded plan should be deducted from wrongful dismissal damages.

The Supreme Court of Canada's summary of the decision is as follows:  read more »

BCCA upholds ruling that disrespectful, inflammatory letter from employee's lawyer provided just cause

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

In Grewal v. Khalsa Credit Union, 2012 BCCA 56, the BC Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of a former branch manager at the Khalsa Credit Union. 

In a May 2011 decision, the trial court had ruled that a disrespectful, inflammatory letter from the employee's lawyer had "tipped the balance" in favour of  the employer having just cause for termination. The trial court's decision can be found here.

SCC refuses leave to appeal in Que notice, pension case involving 2 former Canadian Jewish Congress employees

Jurisdiction: - Quebec

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the application for leave to appeal today in Leona Polger, et al. v. Canadian Jewish Congress. (Que. C.A., June 21, 2011) (34438).

The case concerned two long serving employees of the Canadian Jewish Congress ("CJC") - one with 36 years service, the other with 22 years. The employees had been dismissed by the CJC in December 2004 and January 2005.

The Quebec Superior Court had awarded them each 36 months notice and a pension enhancement.

On appeal, the Quebec Court of Appeal had reduced the notice to 24 months and determined that they were not entitled to the pension enhancement. See: Canadian Jewish Congress c. Polger, 2011 QCCA 1169.

For more on this case:  read more »