ACORN has been fighting hard for years to defend the rights of Ottawa’s low and middle income residents. Yesterday, ACORN rallied with residents in the Heron Gate community, fighting to delay eviction. Avant Law’s Daniel Tucker-Simmons attended and spoke to media.
This Labour Day, in addition to participating in local Ottawa events, we are happy to share Daniel’s latest article, published today on CanLII Connects. Daniel was asked to select a list of notable court decisions, based on his own criteria, and to write about them.
The law in Ontario is pretty harsh on employees who have been fired. For the most part, employers are at liberty to fire an employee for almost any reason, or even for no reason at all. However, an employer’s power to dismiss without cause isn’t unlimited.
Legally married spouses of criminally accused persons are now competent and compellable witnesses for the Crown. Those who are legally married nevertheless retain the right to assert spousal privilege, and to refuse to answer questions about communications during the marriage.
The Stronger Workplaces Act changed Ontario employment standards, making complaints more feasible for recovering back-wages and seeking compensation for standards violations. The changes also expanded protections to previously-excluded foreign workers, and bolstered standards for precarious workers in temporary help agencies.
Constructive dismissal describes a situation when your employer has changed your terms of employment — including salary, position, location, tasks or responsibilities — to the extent that the law considers you to have been effectively fired from your old job and hired into a changed one. You may be entitled to a notice period or compensation.