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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Sick of sick notes

Sentiment against the practice is increasing with the pandemic

Sick of sick notes

Murky past, just cause in present

Firing for refusing criminal records check not the same as firing for previous criminal conviction: B.C. Tribunal

Murky past, just cause in present

Cause and trigger

Saskatchewan police officer's claim for benefits goes back and forth with differences over whether discussion with supervisor caused or triggered it

Cause and trigger

B.C. worker's constructive dismissal claim after restructuring sinks

Employer not obligated to keep same duties after arm of business sold; worker was initially assigned to unsafe office but immediately removed

B.C. worker's constructive dismissal claim after restructuring sinks

Learning the ropes – and getting paid for it

Unpaid internships are illegal unless part of educational programs

Learning the ropes – and getting paid for it

Weed order at work snuffs out Manitoba manager

Participation in subordinate's online order of illegal pot — and receiving it at work — showed lack of leadership, breached policies

Weed order at work snuffs out Manitoba manager

Rejection of 60-year-old job applicant not discrimination

No evidence that Air Canada's rejection of job applicant was based on anything other than interview performance: Federal Court

Rejection of 60-year-old job applicant not discrimination

Family status rules and back to school

The bar for accommodation is often a moving target. Could the pandemic change it again?

Family status rules and back to school

The power of words in terminations

Ontario court decision highlights importance of wording in termination provisions

The power of words in terminations

Ontario worker's dismissal after reorganization not unjust

Reorganization and evaluation used to select worker for layoff were legitimate business reasons

Ontario worker's dismissal after reorganization not unjust