Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey Smith is the principal editor and writer for the Canadian Employment Law Today. His articles cover news and developments in employment law across Canada.

He offers practical information to HR professionals in the areas of case law, arbitrations, and legislative changes in employment law. He also writes for Canadian HR Reporter including a regular blog, and host webinars and podcasts featuring experts in the HR and legal professions.

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

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Long-time B.C. contractor gets $180,000 for wrongful dismissal

Worker started as independent contractor but was closely involved with employer's operations over 14 years

Long-time B.C. contractor gets $180,000 for wrongful dismissal

Crying over workplace spills

Ontario dairy failed in its duty to accommodate worker with fainting spells; claimed safety concerns but ignored medical information

Crying over workplace spills

Clarifying temporary employment

Keeping the identity of the employer clear when working with staff agencies can help when employment comes to an end

Clarifying temporary employment

Restaurant server dismissed after off-duty argument

B.C. worker’s misconduct wasn’t intentional or deceitful, 
nor serious enough to deserve dismissal

Restaurant server dismissed after off-duty argument

Sexual harasser’s reinstatement quashed by Alberta Court of Appeal

Arbitrator found misconduct wasn’t serious enough to warrant dismissal, but appeal court said it should have been considered sexual assault

Sexual harasser’s reinstatement quashed by Alberta Court of Appeal

How should sick days be handled in a pandemic?

Temporarily increasing sick days could help mitigate the spread of diseases like COVID-19

How should sick days be handled in a pandemic?

No rubber stamp on sexual harassment complaints

Employers must treat these complaints seriously, but keep an open mind when investigating

No rubber stamp on sexual harassment complaints

A manager by any other name

Manitoba bus company manager had her role reduced, but she still performed management functions that exempted her from OT pay

A manager by any other name

Requirement for lengthy notice of resignation enforceable: court

New Brunswick vet's contract required 120 days' notice of resignation from position that was difficult to replace

Requirement for lengthy notice of resignation enforceable: court

The truth can hurt

Social media policies can help protect employers from reputational harm, but what about uncomfortable truths?

The truth can hurt