Darren Stratton
Darren Stratton, Lawyer, McInnes Cooper
Megan Sheppard
Megan Sheppard, Lawyer, McInnes Cooper

In December 2014, the NL Supreme Court ordered an employer to pay its former employee $30,000 in moral damages to compensate him for the mental distress its conduct caused him when it terminated his employment – the first such award in NL, and one of the highest in Canada.

It’s been 7 years since the Supreme Court of Canada last visited compensation for employers’ conduct in the manner of employee dismissal, and “moral damages” replaced the “Wallace damages” that first appeared 11 years earlier. Where does compensation for the employer’s conduct in dismissing an employee stand now? Here are 7 lessons employers can learn from the last 7 years.

Read McInnes Cooper’s full Legal Update: Bad Faith & Unfair Dealing in Employee Dismissal: 7 Lessons in 7 Years.

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About the authors:

Darren Stratton is a partner with McInnes Cooper and a member of its Labour & Employment Law Team with over 20 years’ experience advising employers on their employment standards, human rights, union-management relations, and employee discharge and discipline rights and obligations. You can reach Darren at darren.stratton@mcinnescooper.com.

Megan Sheppard is a lawyer with McInnes Cooper practicing in our St. John’s office. You can reach Megan at megan.sheppard@mcinnescooper.com.