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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Job offer sets contract, not handbook

A B.C. college learns about employment contracts and common law notice

Job offer sets contract, not handbook

Jurisdictional dispute comes home for Uber drivers

Canada’s top court finds clause requiring arbitration overseas impractical and unfair to Canadian workers

Jurisdictional dispute comes home for Uber drivers

Full credit for both full- and part-time work

Reasonable notice of dismissal should reflect New Brunswick worker's full term of service, not just time spent working full-time: court

Full credit for both full- and part-time work

B.C. worker sent home but failure to check in was resignation

Worker called in after prior incidents, but this time he requested record of employment

B.C. worker sent home but failure to check in was resignation

Performance improvement plan not constructive dismissal

Federally regulated worker disagreed with performance assessments, but leaving and claiming constructive dismissal was a resignation

Performance improvement plan not constructive dismissal

Temporary until further notice

COVID-19 has changed the way temporary layoffs are regulated and perceived

Temporary until further notice

Discrimination against railway worker partly justified

Requirement for written test was bona fide job requirement but removal from previous accommodation was discrimination

Discrimination against railway worker partly justified

Impoper implementation of drug policy leads to discrimination

Alberta worker's denial that he had a drug-related disability didn't exclude him from discrimination protection: Tribunal

Impoper implementation of drug policy leads to discrimination

Rise of remote work no simple matter

Having employees work from home doesn’t remove legal considerations for employers

Rise of remote work no simple matter

Sudden pay cut, dismissal leads to aggravated and punitive damages

Ontario company cut pay, tried to change employment relationship and then fired employee

Sudden pay cut, dismissal leads to aggravated and punitive damages