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Canada – EU Free Trade Agreement: Canada’s Labour Market Continues to Integrate into the Global Marketplace

The federal government announced on Friday, October 18th that Canada and the European Union (“EU”) have come to a “political agreement” on free trade.  The agreement, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”), has been called the most comprehensive free trade agreement ever signed by Canada. The agreement indeed appears highly comprehensive, addressing…

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Reservist Leave: Drafting your Policy

Written by: Tyler Wentzell Every Canadian province and territory has created provisions in their employment standards statute granting periods of unpaid leave to members of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve.  In my previous blog post,  Reservist Leave: Drafting your Policy I identified some steps an employer should take in creating a plan for dealing with absences arising…

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Reservist Leave: Making your Plan

Written by: Tyler Wentzell Employment standards statutes in every Canadian province and territory outline the employer’s rights and responsibilities with regards to granting periods of unpaid leave to employees who are members of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. In a previous blog post Reservist Leave: A Primer, I outlined how different the requirements for Reservist Leave…

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Unjust Dismissal under the Canada Labour Code: Is there a distinction between “just cause” and “just dismissal”?

There has been an ongoing jurisprudential controversy over the issue of whether a federally-regulated employer may lawfully dismiss an employee without cause under Part III of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”). On July 2, 2013, the Federal Court ruled that the Code permits the dismissal of an employee without cause. However, the dismissal continues…

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Reservist Leave: A Primer

Written by: Tyler Wentzell Earlier this year, more than 1,200 soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces were deployed to support rescue operations during the Calgary floods. Though the majority came from the Regular Forces, Canada’s full-time military, almost a quarter of them were Reservists, members of Canada’s part-time military. These soldiers were volunteers who temporarily left…

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