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October 2015 Archives

Alberta termination and severance laws

The Alberta Human Rights Act, Section 7(1)(a), covers termination and severance of employees by employers. According to the law, employers are prohibited from terminating or refusing to employ individuals due to a "protected ground" unless the employer has a justifiable or reasonable basis for doing so, and that the refusal is due to an actual occupational requirement of the position.

Essar Steel embroiled in contract dispute with iron ore provider

Eleven months ago, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. completed its restructuring. Now, the Canadian company is suffering from tight covenants, liquidity problems and a very serious contract dispute. The contract dispute involves Cliffs Natural Resources, which supplies iron ore to Essar.

Employee-employer contractual disputes in Alberta

If you have entered into an employment contract, but your employer is no longer holding up to its end of the bargain, or if your employees have been skirting their contractual responsibilities, you may be able to pursue claims for damages in court. In most cases, employment contract disputes can be resolved out of court; however, sometimes litigation and trial proceedings are necessary for a resolution.

Canadian National Railway accuses ex-employee of espionage

According to a lawsuit filed by Canadian National Railway, an ex-employee shared confidential information with its rival Canadian Pacific. Canadian National claims the sharing of secret client information was an act of corporate espionage, CP used the data to steal business from the railway.

5 ex-bar workers sue for wrongful termination

Five ex-employees of a bar in Ottawa say that they should be paid $17,662 in lost wages after the bar abruptly closed last summer. The bar used to be a popular spot for underground music and arts, but in July 2015, the bar's general manager sent a notice to employees saying that the establishment would be closed to the public, effective the day the notice was sent.

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