Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith is the principal writer and editor of Canadian Employment Law Today 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 terminations, employment standards, constructive dismissal, and workplace human rights.

Jeffrey has maintained a blog discussing employment law issues since 2009 and hosts webinars on various topics featuring experts in the HR and legal professions. He also writes for Canadian Labour Reporter, summarizing recent arbitration decisions.

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

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Digital solutions increase accessibility to mental health support for employees

Digital therapies provide customized, flexible resources and employee mental health grows in importance

Digital solutions increase accessibility to mental health support for employees

The grass isn’t always greener

Resignations are on the rise post-pandemic, but an employee who expresses dissatisfaction doesn’t necessarily want to quit

The grass isn’t always greener

10 ways to improve company culture in a hybrid workplace

Attention to these areas will help employers overcome challenges of physically distanced workforce

10 ways to improve company culture in a hybrid workplace

5 key questions on pensions

‘We've seen that pension plans play a role in recruiting and retaining staff — specifically your best staff’

5 key questions on pensions

Limited job search reduces worker’s reasonable notice entitlement

Ontario worker’s underwhelming mitigation efforts reduce period from 8 to 6 months

Limited job search reduces worker’s reasonable notice entitlement

Pandemic shutdown in China doesn’t justify layoff in Ontario: Court

Company couldn’t justify global pandemic as reason for layoffs when they happened before pandemic hit Canada; workers deemed terminated when not recalled

Pandemic shutdown in China doesn’t justify layoff in Ontario: Court

No prognosis, no return-to-work estimate, but no accommodation attempt

B.C. employer had good reason to rule out worker’s return to regular position, but didn’t put much effort into investigating accommodation option

No prognosis, no return-to-work estimate, but no accommodation attempt

8 ways to prevent and mitigate workplace harassment and bullying

Without proper prevention, harassment can lead to low productivity and high employee turnover

8 ways to prevent and mitigate workplace harassment and bullying

Safeguarding employee health during this year’s flu season

Workplace influenza immunization clinics are cost-effective, comprehensive measures that employers can take to improve employee health and safety

Safeguarding employee health during this year’s flu season

B.C. worker gets 3 months’ notice after 3 days’ work

Employer fails to raise performance concerns before dismissal

B.C. worker gets 3 months’ notice after 3 days’ work