Employment Law Services
We advise employers and employees on matters including planning and negotiation, executive employment contracts, confidentiality and non-competition issues, shareholder disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and labour and employment injunctions.
Ania Konikowski is leaving TGC to return to her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta to join a full-service law firm. Ania articled at TGC and also practiced with this firm after her call to the Bar. We know that she has a bright future, and we wish her all the best in her new practice.
Blair represented our client, Mr. Corey, in BC Supreme Court and obtained an award of 8 months of pay in lieu of notice. The Court rejected the employer’s position that 3 months was sufficient in light of our client’s short service.
Our client was 57 years old at the time of his dismissal and had worked for the employer for 2.5 years in a supervisory (first tier of management) role. The employer’s argument that any notice award our client received from the Court should be reduced for the possibility that he would find a job after the trial (a “contingency” reduction) was also rejected by the Court. The Court considered the employer’s argument – based on government statistics of unemployment rates – that our client was no worse off in the job market at age 57 than a younger person would be; however, Blair’s “cogent” arguments against the application of such statistics convinced the Court otherwise.
In the result, Blair obtained for our client an 8-month award comprised of: salary, expected overtime pay, employer pension contributions, medical expenses, interest, and costs.
TGC Lawyer Blair Curtis has won an important trial decision dealing with reasonable notice for an employee who had served for less than three years. Blair represented our client, Mr. Corey, in BC Supreme Court and obtained an award of 8 months of pay in lieu of notice. The Court rejected the employer’s position that 3 … Continued
TGC lawyer Martin Sheard was interviewed by CTV about a claim alleging that Shaw engaged in discriminatory pricing for customers who speak Cantonese or Mandarin. You can read the news story here. You can watch Martin’s interview here.