As employment lawyers, we all have times when we wish our employer-side clients had come to us for advice before making certain decisions. There’s a lot that can be done to protect an employer who seeks assistance early in the process – especially if it involves a termination. Costs can be reduced, risks can be mitigated, and whole potential areas for future disputes can be eliminated entirely with careful consideration and planning.
The result of failing to get proper employment law advice can be catastrophic. Not only can it be exceedingly expensive, but the reputational damage for an organization can be profound. And if you’re an employer who has made some mistakes in the process – do not double down on those errors by adopting unreasonable and ill-supported litigation strategies. The patience of Canadian courts has worn thin and there appears to be an increased willingness to award moral and punitive damages, as well as substantial cost awards, when finding that employers have behaved badly. 2023 has produced some truly prodigious decisions on this front. Here are my top three 2023 cases in which employers f***ed around and found out.Continue Reading Bad Employer Conduct – 2023’s Top 3 Most Scathing Canadian Employment Law Decisions