Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith is senior editor, case law, and is also the employment law editor for Canadian HR Reporter. He has more than a decade of experience covering employment law issues and notable court decisions for these publications.

Jeffrey’s areas of expertise include employee terminations, employment standards, constructive dismissal, and workplace human rights.

He has maintained a blog discussing employment law issues since 2009 and hosts webinars and podcasts on various topics featuring experts in the HR and legal professions.

Jeffrey avidly follows several sports — and has dabbled in sports writing — and also enjoys sitting down with a good book.

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Worker’s attempt to go on sick leave met with termination for cause

'Employees are expected to show up for work when scheduled, unless they have a valid excuse'

Worker’s attempt to go on sick leave met with termination for cause

Ontario worker's complaint falls short of harassment threshold

'To constitute harassment, you need something more than just incivility'

Ontario worker's complaint falls short of harassment threshold

Employer can't convince arbitrator to hold in-person hearing

General expectation is to continue using videoconferencing, says Ontario arbitrator

Employer can't convince arbitrator to hold in-person hearing

Constructive dismissal: seasonal worker sent home with no expected recall

Nova Scotia court awards 12 months' notice plus $15,000 in aggravated damages

Constructive dismissal: seasonal worker sent home with no expected recall

No constructive dismissal when accommodation process ongoing: board

Worker claimed he wasn't accommodated, but didn't provide medical clearance to return to work

No constructive dismissal when accommodation process ongoing: board

No evidence of discrimination based on criminal record in B.C. worker’s dismissal

Employer had evidence of poor performance; worker couldn't prove protected ground

No evidence of discrimination based on criminal record in B.C. worker’s dismissal

End of the line: Worker dismissed for lack of work, not pregnancy or disability

Interviewer for Statistics Canada loses job after 5 years

End of the line: Worker dismissed for lack of work, not pregnancy or disability

Heated comments, refusal to take on additional task don’t warrant dismissal

Comments not directed at colleague; mixed messages on extra task

Heated comments, refusal to take on additional task don’t warrant dismissal

Stepping out of line online

Many employers would fire employees for inappropriate social media posts, but can that be cause?

Stepping out of line online

No racial discrimination at work without evidence: Saskatchewan court

Worker didn't provide any examples or details of racial discriminatory comments to employer

No racial discrimination at work without evidence: Saskatchewan court